The Killing Frost

October 20, 2009 3 Comments
After a couple of nights of well below freezing temperatures within the last two weeks, things don’t look as nice as they did three weeks ago.
The sweet potato vine is definitely done for.

The sweet potato vine is definitely done for.

The zinnias were vibrant the day before.

The zinnias were vibrant the day before.

 

The strawberries don't look so bad.  Apparently they need a lot colder temperatures to end their growing season!

The strawberries don't look so bad. Apparently they need a lot colder temperatures to end their growing season!

  

Now I have a lot of cleaning up to do as well as finish up some of the winterizing before the temperatures stay below freezing.

Drying out the birdbath.  The top is now safely in the shed and should make it through the winter.

Drying out the birdbath. The top is now safely in the shed and should make it through the winter. We have a heated birdbath attached to the deck for the winter.

These are all cleaned up and dumped in an appropriate location:

The final peppers

The final peppers

The eggplant.

The eggplant.

The jalapenos.

The jalapenos.

The tomatillo.  This put out a lot of fruit, but they never got ripe.  And it took over the raised bed.  It gets it's own bed next time!

The tomatillo. This put out a lot of fruit, but they never got ripe. And it took over the raised bed. It gets it's own bed next time.

 

Sunday I planted some daffodil, tulip, hyacinth and crocus bulbs in some pots that we will overwinter in the garage.  We haven’t tried this before so it will be interesting to see if they come up next spring. 

The dahlias right after the freeze.  They are cut off and dug up and sitting in my basement fridge right now!

The dahlias right after the freeze. They are cut off and dug up and sitting in my basement fridge right now!

I also dug up the dahlia bulbs.  This is also something that I have never done before.  I’ll have to follow my own advice in a previous blog.  That should ensure that they come up next spring!

 

Hope that your gardens are doing as well as can be expected in the late October weather.  I have more bulbs to plant, but I will have to wait until next weekend when it dries out a bit. 

 

Dig it!

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  1. Mike Hawk says:

    It’s amazing what the frost can do to vegatation. It is always interesting to analyze the disasterous effects that frost can have on the citrus industry in Florida and other southern states.

  2. Phyllis says:

    Did you just plant 1 sweet potato to get your trailing vine?

  3. eloan says:

    There was only one sweet potato vine in the pot and it filled out nicely. A neighbor of mine has a larger pot and she usually puts two in hers.

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