Monday, November 29, 2010
FIRST FROST HITS!
The broccoli looks sad this morning as I stand out in the garden in the dark taking pictures.
The Swiss chard doesn't look bad though. It will take frost and even a few inches of snow without damage. See what looks like white brush strokes on the right? Those are my baby leeks trying to grow. The frost really attaches to those!
The Brussels sprouts look chilly, but they'll bounce back when the sun reaches them.
As for the snap beans and the butter beans, what I pick today is all I'll get from what's left of these vines. They're done for this year, but it's just about time too. They've done well for us.
On the bottom left corner you can see Swiss chard. The two rows of collards are happy as can be with the frost. That will take care of a few caterpillars that like to nibble on the leaves. The butternut squash growing on the fence fabric is finished. I'll pick the fruits and let them finish maturing in my shop. Squash vine borers really hit them hard this year.
Here in the "west field", the Brussels sprouts plants on the left are good sized and healthy, but I really haven't seen any actual sprouts yet. The collard "candles" are leafing out very well for having just been picked a few days ago. I watered my entire garden yesterday, so maybe that helps. The two rows of broccoli on the right are doing well. A couple of them may have broccoli ready to pick later this week.
Here are my sugar pumpkin vines. Just a little frosty, but not too bad. They will take a light frost or two, so they're not down for the count yet.
Here is another shot of the "east field" showing the frosty leaves. To the center right, you can see the remaining large leek plants covered with frost.
The chayote vines took a hit from this frost. I'm not sure what their reaction will be, but I'm sure there will be substantial damage. I'll be preparing the soil around the vines by placing about six inches of cured compost around them. The vines may come back next year by themselves if the winter is mild enough. If they do, I should have no problem harvesting many fruits from the vines.
Here's one tiny chayote fruit that jumped off the plant when the frost hit it!
I took this pic to document the degree of frostiness. It was a frost, but not really a heavy one.
That's it for our first frost encounter for this fall.
It's time for hot chocolate and seed catalogs!
Have a great vegetable gardening day!
Posted by Veggie PAK at 8:19 AM