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The First Frost

November 2nd, 2010

Funny that I blogged about not getting frost yet yesterday (written Sunday evening) and we woke up to a temperature of around 30 or possibly lower. Generally our first frost date is October 15, but we can have frost anywhere from the end of Sept through the end of October. Last year our first frost was in September.

There was a fairly heavy frost yesterday morning. I always like the first frost, I especially love it when it comes on a sunny morning, everything sparkles in the sun and the air always seems clearer. I love the way the frost outlines everything in crystals, it’s really quite amazing. I’m always inspired to get out and take some photos when I see the first frost gracing the gardens.

We often get frost later than others around us because our gardens are surrounded by tall trees and we live on top of a hill. It has to be a fairly heavy frost for us to see any in our gardens. It’s nice to have the protection from the frost, but I’d rather have more sun in my gardens.

When do you usually get your first frost?

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  2. Kelly on November 2, 2010 at 9:12 am

    We had ours this morning, too. Normally it’s mid-Sept/early-Oct so it’s quite late this year. We’re on the eastern side of a hill with the garden cut into the side of the hill, so we get some extra protection too but much shorter days (and no sunsets). I agree with you, I’d rather more sunlight.

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  3. risa b on November 2, 2010 at 10:48 am

    The fall dates have moved back a bit, though in the spring they’ve become erratic and can ruin a gardeners’ plans. We had a light touch Oct. 27 this year, but expect to be frost free for the next 10 days at least.

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  4. Dan on November 2, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    We had our first frost on Monday and again this morning. I find we get frost quite late in the season here. There is a large river about a block behind use and I think this fends it off for a while.

    How did your hard cider turn out last fall or did you end up making vinegar with it? I have started to crack mine open now, it is quite good with a little age. Nice to cook with and mix with fresh cider.

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    • Susy on November 2, 2010 at 1:39 pm

      Our cider turned out quite good (although not being a regular wine drinker it could be terrible for all I know). We’ve tasted some with friends and given some to family. The batch I made with champagne yeast is more dry than the stuff made with natural yeast. It’s quite interesting to taste the different varieties. I have used some for some sourdough rye cider bread and it was fantastic.

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  5. MAYBELLINE on November 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Around mid to late November.

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  6. amy manning on November 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I live near Portland, OR and we usually get our first frost by now. But this year we are having a particularly warm stretch–after a particularly cold summer (go figure). Today it is going to be near 70!

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  7. Mike on November 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    There is an interactive map of First Frost Dates in Ohio at

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    • Susy on November 2, 2010 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks, great map!

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  8. Ginger on November 2, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Our first frost is usually around Thanksgiving. Last year it was Nov. 16. Had just a nip last week….early for us.

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  9. Sincerely, Emily on November 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    We had our first frost last week. Two nights in a row! The first night I wasn’t ready (didn’t know it was coming), the second night I have things covered and it didn’t help one bit. Normally we get our first freeze around Thanksgiving so this is about 1 month early. I am one sad sad girl. My garden was really looking great and with another month of growing I would have harvested great things. Not anymore. Oh well. with all the new room I have I went out to the nursery and bought more broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage to plant for the winter. On my list of things to do is buy more seeds for those things so I won’t have to buy them next fall. I agree with you, that morning frost can be beautiful and sparkly, but I just didn’t think so last week. Sincerely, Emily

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  10. […] is already taking hold here at Chiot’s Run. We had our first official frost a few weeks ago, and ever since we’ve waking up to a sparkling morning more often than not. […]

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