Well we’ve moved through October and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
I thought we were going to have some normal fall weather, and we did for a few days, in fact we had a hard freeze.
And now we are going to see 80 degrees again this week.
Too bad it dropped to 28 this week because that did it for the tomatoes, green beans and peppers.
It happened a little earlier than expected.
Typically we will not see a light freeze, 32 degrees, until November 2, and a hard freeze, 28 degrees, until November 14th.
If we hadn’t hit that hard freeze last week, we would have maybe had 2 or 3 more weeks for the green beans to make and some more time for peppers.
Unfortunately, the green beans are kaput along with all those blooms that would have made beans!
The weathermen told us to cover everything up, but we have so much and there is no guarantee at that.
So Greg, one of our kitchen staff, went out last week and picked all of the tomatoes, bell peppers and jalapeños.
He filled our giant colander to the top so we saved all the produce.
Surprisingly, the petunias and ferns are fine, the lantanas are a little tinged and the hardy herbs, chives, parsley, sage, oregano, cilantro and mint made it.
Of course, the broccoli, sugar snap peas, kale and Brussels sprouts were virtually untouched by the freeze.
The potatoes took a little hit, but hopefully they will keep making little potatoes under there.
So my next chore will be to clean out all those summer crops and put those areas of the garden to bed.
We need a rest anyway, right? Enjoy the Earth! Diana