This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, October 12, 2012

freeze warnings

Freeze warnings tonight - and right on schedule.

Its hard to know what to expect for my gardens. Boston is predicted to go down to 36*F, Worcester to 29*. Everywhere in between depends on your microclimate. My home garden is a few miles from Boston and is very protected between tall houses and trees. It tends to be warm and I don't think it will frost. Even so, I picked my green tomatoes and the beans I had ripening for next year's seed.

But my community plot is a mile away, far from any buildings and it runs a lot cooler than my yard. I think it will frost or freeze there. So, I picked and brought home about half of my chiles and all of my Butternut squashes. I used row cover to cover my pea and the other half of the chile plants with row cover. Then I spread salt marsh hay on most other crops. I have a lot of lettuce, beets, broccoli, carrots, cabbages (etc) still growing. These are all pretty cold hardy and I don't expect to loose them, but I like to give the delicate lettuce some hay cover. I will leave the row cover and hay on the plants for the rest of the year now. A funny thing is that temps in the 70's (*F) are predicted next week. New England weather is crazy!

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I walked around the community gardens to see how other gardeners have protected their plants. I saw one gardener leaving with a big last minute harvest of peppers and squashes. Several other gardens have hay, row covers, low tunnels and even one high plastic structure.

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I remember how my parents used to go out on fall evenings like this and cover the tomatoes and squashes with sheets. These worked great, but since they weren't transparent, they needed to be put un in the evening and removed in the morning - they couldn't be left on.

I imagine the dahlias and nasturtiums at our community garden will be killed. Sad, since its been such a good year for them. Here are some photos to remember the dahlias.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just covered my acorn squash on my deck. I didn't cover anything at the community plot as the farmer there told me they should be okay. I have snow peas, beets carrots, mache, kale, and broccoli there. keeping my fingers crossed.

October 12, 2012 8:44 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Those are all very hardy. Except I would worry a little about any pods on your peas. I have found that they are frost sensitive. Good luck.

October 12, 2012 9:30 PM

Blogger Swimray said...

I covered a few things last night here in Virginia with a predicted frost, but there was none. Looked like ghosts in the yard with white sheets.

October 13, 2012 8:23 PM

Blogger L. Ambler said...

We had freeze/frost warnings last night here in Northern Virginia, but right in this area we did not have any. It is a little early for this area, and I'm wondering if this portends a very cold winter.

October 14, 2012 7:32 PM

Blogger Tim said...

No freeze warning here in southern Illinois yet. I still have some Brussels sprouts going and some peppers that I am trying to get to go red but that is about all. The drought pretty much cut my season in half. We have some pinto beans that are drying on the vine but it wont be enough to make a whole pot when they are picked.

October 16, 2012 1:34 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news. My snow peas survived the frost. I harvested some today and still have flowers on the plants. Hope all of your plants made it.

October 16, 2012 3:18 PM

Blogger Dan said...

We've had a couple frost already, just enough to kill the really tender stuff so far.

October 19, 2012 5:02 PM


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