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First Frost!

Post  donnainzone5 on 9/19/2013, 10:17 am

It froze this morning! The rooftops turned white, although I think my plants avoided much damage.

Two nights ago, I got nervous about the predictions of temps in the mid-to-high 30s and covered what I could with a hodge-podge of materials--old sheets and blankets, a tarp, last year's frost cloth, etc. Everything looked fine yesterday, but I'll wait a few hours to uncover and inspect today.

Well, at least our first frost date was 12 days late!
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Post  happycamper on 9/19/2013, 5:25 pm

I am so glad you were able to cover your garden.  I hope everything survived.  Nights are getting cool here, quilts are back on the bed, windows are closed at night, one air conditioner has been stored and I will be closing the storm windows soon.  Fall is here!
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Post  donnainzone5 on 9/19/2013, 5:36 pm

So far, so good! Nothing froze, possibly because freezing temps arrived after sunrise. And, of course, my irrigation system triggered itself around that time. Although I specified no overhead watering to the irrigation guy, it doesn't quite work that way.

FYI, I monitor FOUR weather websites each day, including Weather Channel's agricultural section. I've been tracking temps since mid-June, so, if I average the predictions and subract (or add) several degrees, I have a fair idea of what to expect.

I'm tempted to move my basil and sage indoors. Opinions?
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Re: First Frost!

Post  Turan on 9/19/2013, 11:32 pm

In my experience basil is unable to handle frost at all, so I would bring it in. Sage is hardier but I do not know how much so.

We just missed a frost last night, the clouds hung around until dawn protecting us. Tonight the moon is bright and glorious and I think there is no chance to miss a frost. I just picked stuff and tucked close the cold frames and greenhouse tonight.

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Post  happycamper on 9/20/2013, 1:12 am

I would bring the Basil indoors.  I had always thought Sage was hardy to Zone 4 but I think it depends on the variety.  You could always start more next year if it doesn't overwinter and you don't want to bring it in.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 9/20/2013, 11:50 am

Thanks for your comments about my herbs! The basil did survive the 28-degree frost we had yesterday morning, but only because I had it covered.

To be on the safe side (I MUST have fresh sage for my holiday turkey stuffing), I'll transplant soon. So far, the forecasts look relatively safe for the next few days, but I'll watch and sniff the air like a hawk.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 9/20/2013, 12:07 pm

This is good to know about the basil.  I had no idea and mine's growing like gangbusters.  I'll bring some in along with the parsley.

Does oregano transplant and grow for winter?  I love fresh oregano! I love you 

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Post  donnainzone5 on 9/20/2013, 12:10 pm

CC,

I believe that oregano may overwinter, but I think I'll move mine inside soon. It's one of several herbs that thrive indoors.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 9/20/2013, 12:20 pm

Oh, oregano definitely overwinters here dying back & popping up in spring double size.  Shocked
But I'll take some inside also just to have it fresh and hope it works.

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Post  Turan on 9/20/2013, 12:50 pm

Light frost last night. Just enough to wilt the big leaves on the winter squash. Everything else looks fine.

Any one know if I should cut and bring the field corn stalks with ears in to finish maturing? Or will just bringing the ears in work?

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Post  donnainzone5 on 9/20/2013, 1:05 pm

Turan,

I've been wondering much the same thing about corn.

Here's something I tried the other night: I placed garden gloves on some of the more mature ears to keep them warmer. I don't know whether this trick will help, but I plan to keep trying it until the experiment either fails or succeeds.
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Re: First Frost!

Post  plantoid on 9/20/2013, 4:47 pm

donnainzone10 wrote:Turan,

I've been wondering much the same thing about corn.

Here's something I tried the other night:  I placed garden gloves on some of the more mature ears to keep them warmer.  I don't know whether this trick will help, but I plan to keep trying it until the experiment either fails or succeeds.  
Give it a bit of thought and artistic intent and you could have a brill Halloween display of the corn monster playing goalie / saving a goal  in a Halloween game of soccer
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Post  Marc Iverson on 9/20/2013, 6:07 pm

We have oregano growing wild out here, so it must overwinter pretty well. Mint and rosemary too. I don't know if thyme is naturalized here, but it's supposed to be really tough and a perennial. My basil died last winter.
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Post  Goosegirl on 9/20/2013, 7:42 pm

Marc Iverson wrote:We have oregano growing wild out here, so it must overwinter pretty well.  Mint and rosemary too.  I don't know if thyme is naturalized here, but it's supposed to be really tough and a perennial.  My basil died last winter.
Basil is very sensitive (unusual for a mint relative).  If it even hears a weather report forecasting frost it will turn black! 

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