Frost warnings

Oh boy did it get cold last night, and the forecast is for even colder tonight.  It is not as if I didn’t know a frost was going to arrive at some stage, but being a gardener I was in denial throughout October. The result of course it that the remaining plants had to be rushed in at 5.30 this morning when a cool night suddenly went from mid 30’s to frost warning and I had left one or two still outside. 

This week they have to stay inside, so they will be secure from the weather but the cats are rather curious – it is as though they think we brought the conveniences inside for them. 

Fortunately they will be back outside by the end of the week.


The tender plants take shelter from the first frosty night indoors.


Frost warnings — 5 Comments

  1. Hi, I just found your blog, and I live in Roswell too. My son and I planted vegetable seeds last weekend for a fall garden and now we have this freezing weather! We planted onions, carrots. lettuce, spinach and broccoli. The seeds packs say we should have planted in Aug. or Sept., but my tomatoes and okra were still going strong and I didn’t have the heart to pull them up earlier. What is this freeze going to do to my seeds? Should I cover them?


  2. Mary
    Most of the seeds you planted should be fine. The frost was very light and your seeds are for more hardy plants. If they had germinated and just come up, then they might have been affected,but if they are still covered with soil they should be alright.
    The problem with planting this late is that some of your veggies are going to take a little longer to mature. Onions particularly.Baby carrots, leaf lettuce, early spinach and the leaves of the broccoli will be fine to eat. I don’t know if you will get the full heads of broccoli though. One thing to look for on the packet is ‘days to mature’. When I planted my carrots etc. they were stated to mature in 60 days, and I planted in early October, so they will be fine. If the winter is mild you will be fine too.For a cover though, if you need one, pop to Walmart and get some garment interfacing material. It comes 56 or more inches wide and is very cheap. This is the same material that horticultuural companies sell for $20 or more! It will keep at least 2 or 3 degrees of frost off the tender leaves.
    Hope this helps you and good luck,

  3. Kate, Thanks! It’s a week later and it’s warmed up a little, and so far no signs of germination. Love the interfacing tip. I sew quite a bit and usually keep a bolt of the knit kind — I assume you mean the *nonwoven* type? It’s more like a laminated, layered type thing. . .

  4. help! just went to cover collards, turnips, arugula, redtipped lettuce and herbs to protect from frost and they are already frosted! what to do? if i cover them, will it just do more damage? should i take my chance the freeze wont be hard? thanks for any help!

  5. Mary
    Your collards etc will be fine! These are ideal fall/winter crops and although they will not grow as fast as spring veggies, they will be just as tasty,

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