Freeze Warning

We got our first freeze warning of the season last night, so after spending much of the day (Sunday, November 2nd) fighting the wind gusts while mulching with leaves, we picked the remaining warm weather vegetables.

peppers, beans, okra, eggplant, and carrots

peppers, beans, okra, eggplant, and carrots

We got a lot of peppers, some pole beans, one (tiny) eggplant, and one okra.   We also pulled some carrots, which like kale can handle cold weather and thus could stay in the garden longer.  The pepper at the top left in the photo is half red, half green.  The red part was facing away from the sun when it was on the plant.

We could have covered the tender vegetable plants to protect them from the cold, but I’ve tried that in the past and not really gotten anything more from them.  The cool weather and shorter days of this time of year probably limit what they can produce.  We did throw a sheet over the okra, which have several small pods, but I doubt if they’ll grow.

We already moved most of the houseplants inside for the winter, but we put the dwarf pomegranates in the garage overnight to protect them.

As it turned out, there was no frost last night.


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3 Responses to Freeze Warning

  1. Not a bad haul! And I agree about just letting the plants go. If they’ve had a good run and you know the weather prohibits them from further production, it’s time to say goodbye. Sad, but totally a part of knowing your plants and zone. Until warmer times…

    • Thanks for stopping by, Jenna. Yes, a pretty good haul. The peppers were good producers as usual this year (now watch as something terrible happens to my peppers next year…) and the beans were amazing. We still have many more carrots waiting in the garden as well as some chard, and we haven’t even begun to use the kale (it’s supposed to get better *after* a frost). It’ll be time to order seeds for next year soon enough, so I’ve got that to look forward to now.

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