Monday, October 8, 2012

Beat the Freeze

We knew it was going to happen, and last night it did. Temperatures dipped down to 28 degrees, and this morning I saw frost still in shady areas up until about 9 a.m. I didn't get to the Garden today, but was busy yesterday both planting (suddenly there are a lot of bulbs to plant) and picking. We picked every single tomato, ripe or not, as well as the last of the okra, a lot of parsley to freeze (although the parsley will be fine after a frost or two), and my poor little watermelons. 

At least now I can get busy with cleaning up the Kitchen Garden and putting it to bed for the year (and maybe try planting my carrots early, again).

The last of the Summer's bounty.

Most of these will ripen fully. Fried green tomatoes, however, will definitely be on the menu this week. The okra will get tossed into some soup. I used up the bell peppers tonight before I took this picture.

As well as some more roasted heirloom tomato sauce (and a few grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches). Thank goodness I picked all the basil!
How did your garden fair in the freeze?