October 17th, 2012
Frost Damge in the Vegetable Garden
Posted by F&S
Yesterday, we showed you what happened to the popcorn patch after being zapped by a heavy frost the other night. We Frenchies decided to do a little more investigation and paid a visit to the vegetable garden. It's rather shocking what freezing temperatures can do. We have concluded that the outdoor growing season is officially over!
1 Francesca! Will you have a look at the tomato patch!
2 Sharkey, I'd say that the tomato vines took a very bad beating from last Friday's frost. There's nothing at all green remaining. I guess frost is a total shock to tender annual plants.
3 Oh my goodness. There are still some tiny cherry tomatoes that have fallen to the ground.
4 They still smell good. I think they just need a good rinsing off before eating.
5 Darn! Look at these nasturtiums! They're ruined!
6 Franny, when it freezes and thaws, the water within the plant cells expands and contracts, forming miniscule crystals. Those crystals cut through the cell walls, killing the plant. Yep - All that's left are a few nasturtium flowers.
7 Can you believe the way this yellow squash looks? It, too, has been zapped!
8 These baby squash never stood a chance.
9 And look at these poor pathetic eggplant. I guess these will go to the chickens along with whatever else is left for them to peck at.
10 Speaking of zapped, Sharkey - Take a look at this basil! So much for picking it and making pesto. Good thing Martha has a greenhouse where vegetables can be planted during the winter because this garden will have to wait until next spring.
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