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!

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Francesca!  Will you have a look at the tomato patch!

1 Francesca! Will you have a look at the tomato patch!

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.

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.

Oh my goodness.  There are still some tiny cherry tomatoes that have fallen to the ground.

3 Oh my goodness. There are still some tiny cherry tomatoes that have fallen to the ground.

They still smell good.  I think they just need a good rinsing off before eating.

4 They still smell good. I think they just need a good rinsing off before eating.

Darn!  Look at these nasturtiums!  They're ruined!

5 Darn! Look at these nasturtiums! They're ruined!

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.

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.

Can you believe the way this yellow squash looks?  It, too, has been zapped!

7 Can you believe the way this yellow squash looks? It, too, has been zapped!

These baby squash never stood a chance.

8 These baby squash never stood a chance.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Comments (16)

  • Hello Ladies and Glue Squad Buddies,
    I love your tours and education lessons on farm life and gardening. Yes, it is sad when the frost kills the plants, but just think of all that good vitamin filled food for the chickens. Where is G.K. these days? Has he started his long winter's nap?

    Next I am posting Zoe's Mom, Ann's e-mail per her request while they are on vacation this week, just in case anyone else wants to add their e-mail to the list. So Rebel, please tell Mimi since she wanted to have your address on the list, to just send your e-mail to Ann and Zoe. We can keep Zoe busy while Super Nanny is there. The address to send your e-mail to for the Glue Squad and Daily Wag e-mail list is abrennan@coretitle.com

    Rebel, I know the tummy upset well from Basil's Crohn's Disease. He had to be put on a Low Residue presciption canned food, and he could not even have a table scrap. At the end, no Warrior Prince biscuits either. You hang in there little man. And Dudley, the wind is blowing up a storm as I am up very late. It has come our way now. Cora Belle, is your friend coming to visit soon? Gladthe new neighbor dogs are friendly and like your biscuits and not your toys. Glad your b-day was fun Missy Chow. Have a great day all.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Hello everyone,
    Thatis a shame that the plants got hit so hard by the frost but the chickens are dancing a happy dance.
    I know I said in yesterday's post that I would not be on till later today but I got up extra early so I could comment.
    Kirby and Rebel, I am glad your fur is growing back. Abby, that is just wonderful that your mom ran that race

  • Geez, my big fat paws again. I sent my post before I was done so I will continue where I left off.
    Maddox Post Part Two
    ........your mom ran that race for breast cancer. Good for her. Dudley, now you know how I feel when it rains and I don't want to get my feet wet. Zoe, I hope you are taking charge while your mom is on vacation. Cora-Belle, did you send your email addy to Zoe's mom? I sure hope so. Same for you Rebel, tell Mimi. Lynn, you name your scarves? Well, if you name them after the girls, I think you should knit socks and name them after the Glue Squad boys. You could make a pair of socks with a little hole in the heel and call them the Kirby for the missing fur on his tail. And make a smaller size the same way and call them the Rebel, etc. Well, I think Karen is wanting to use the computer so I will check with everyone later and by the way, thank you all for your happy thoughts of Scott. I will send him an email after we hear from him again and tell him about my wonderful caring friends on the DW.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • You say tomato and I say tomahto..

    What a darn shame about the veggies!

    I see the chickens will reap the benefits nonetheless! :)

    NH had an earthquake last night. It was centered in ME! I'm originally from California and believe me I know a thing or two about E-quakes!

    Shake, rattle and roll today! :)

    gail

  • Good morning ladies,
    Wow, what a shame. Did you try to eat one of the tomatoes? We haven't had a really hard frost yet. The lantana looked limp once, but it perked up again with a few sunny days & a some rain. Mimi was studying up on planting her rosemary outside next spring. She's decided to put it in a pot & move inside for the winter.
    Hey, Gail, Mimi has lived in southern California but her first earthquake was while she was in college in Indiana! We've had little tremors here in Illinois. One time a tremor unclogged a slow toilet, how funny is that?
    Lynn, Mimi did send an e-mail to Ann. We'll try again today just to be sure we're on the list. My prescription dog food tasted really good & I feel so much better after I eat. Mimi puts a little water in it & warms it in the microwave for 30 seconds, nice.
    I'll check in later. Have a great day everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    It looks as if fall is in full swing in the northern parts of the US. It’s been cool here too; it got into the low 50’s one night. Mommy told me that not only is the fur coming back on my tail but I’m getting a really thick coat of my inner fur. It’s so thick it’s hard to find my skin. Looks like a good cold winter is in store for us down here in the south. We’ll most likely have frost by the end of the month; at least by Thanksgiving anyway. Today is the day I look forward to all year long; Birthday. Yep, I’m turning 11 today. Daddy keeps telling me how old I am in “dog” years. I wish he would just keep quiet; I don’t feel that old nor do I act like it. If you ask me, he is the one who is old. Hehehehehe
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • That's too bad about the hard freeze on the veggies, at least some of the left overs will be feed to the animals. Sharkey I love the interesting information about freezing, you're such a smart girl! Francesca years past, my Nasturtiums froze and never came back.

    Kitty is out this morning since 5:00am, it's 55 degrees but doubt it will get as warm as 72 yesterday.
    Hope the skin and fur problems for Kirby and Rebel's Crohn's Disease will be better, I don't like our furfriends to be sick or hurting.
    Gail I had a dream last night of being somewhere where they don't have earthquakes, but then it happened, and remember making the comment, I can feel an earthquake easily because I was from California...guess it goes with us.

    Have a Good Day Glue Squad Friends!
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hi Girls & Glue Squad, Hi Lynn, Delia, Gail, Sonya...

    Frost, gardens & flowers zapped by the cold weather, only means one thing. Cold weather is just around the corner which brings the "white stuff" too, heavy coats, we have ours already, right Maddox & Kirby Bear. You girls have done a great job checking it out and your detective work on the popcorn yesterday.

    I wanted to let everyone know that I had a nice birthday and thanks again for all the well wishes. I got plenty of belly rubs, c/c time, new toys and even a ride to Petsmsart to pick out a toy or two. Plus some ice cream, so good. Auntie Annie brought me a gift too. Thanks!! I wanted to see my trainer too; but she was on vacation :{.

    Thanks Scott for your service, stay safe, blessings to you and your fellow military brothers & sisters.

    Rebel. hope your tummy feels better soon. Zoe, are you being good for S/N along with T-Bone, Precious & Sophie? Kirby Bear, glad the fur on your tail is growing back, remember don't touch. Cora-Belle, glad your new neighbors are leaving your toys alone. How's Kitty, Abby, JD, Dudley Do Right?

    Well, back to my nap or better still, keep Dad company while he works - it's a little chilly today to stay out too long, Maybe later today it will warm up a tad.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, WOW! That frost last Friday must have been very cold to be able to ruin all of those vegetables in Martha's garden! These photos are kind of disturbing, but it is nice that Martha does have a great greenhouse to grow more veggies during the winter! Mom's small greenhouse is doing a great job protecting 9 of her tomato plants and thank God our temperature isn't freezing yet! It's 47 right now and will be in the high 50s today and won't rain again until tomorrow! So glad to hear from Lynn, Maddox, and Gail this morning! Did any more of you feel that earthquake Gail mentioned that happened in Maine yesterday?! We haven't had one for many years! Hope all of you have a great day and will check back later! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • ..Hi everybody..I am taking a couple days off..I don't feel very perky..didn't eat much of my breakfast and i know breakfast is the most important meal of the day..Lucinda and James are once again watching me like hawks..geez!..So I am going to go curl up on my electric heating pad..so you glue squaders all act naughty for me today..that will make me feel better just knowing you are behaving badly..over and out, love, Cora-Belle, the cattledog

  • For the Birthday Boy Kirby,
    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Kirby, Happy Birthday to you....and many more!!!!! Hope you heard me singing to you Kirby like Missy Chow did. And I hope you get many, many treats and toys. Love ya big guy, Lynn

  • Kirby Bear, Happy, Happy Birthday to you. Hope you get lots of presents, toys and extra treats today. Enjoy your special day.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • This post is for Kirby.
    You sly dog.
    Why didn't you tell us ahead of time that it is your birthday today?
    Happy Birthday my friend.
    I know your mom and dad will have something special for you today.
    Enjoy what is left if your special day
    Happy Happy Birthday
    From one furry beast to another
    Hehehehehehehe
    Love ya bro,
    Maddox

  • ..wow..Kirbys birthday...Happy birthday Kirby..Happy birthday dear Kirby..happy birthday to you!!!!love, Cora-Belle

  • Happy woof-woof Birthday to you Kirby, and many, many more!!! :-)
    Meeuuu-prurrr-love from Kitty =^. .^= and from delia

  • Hi again,
    I know I am being a pest today but I was very sad when I saw Cora-Belle's post about not eating and not posting for a few days. Lucinda, James and my special friend Cora-Belle, I think you are such a loving family. I am going to think of something to do that is bad so it helps you get better real fast. I don't care if I have to stay up all night thinking of what I can do that is considered bad behavior. Cora-Belle, Karen said that she fell in love with you when she saw that picture of you laying with some flowers in a field or a yard? And every time your health went backward she cried. She said it is amazing how a person can shed so many tears over a dog she has never met. The Daily Wag is such a special blog. We became the Glue Squad, we all stick together no matter what. I don't think there is any other blog on the earth that is as special as this one is. Karen said she would love if Lucinda would send your email address to the one that was posted today as she would love to see more pictures of you. Please eat your breakfast and rest and get better please.
    James and Lucinda, we are here for you. I know you will take good care of our girl.
    Calling all Glue Squad members, send positive thoughts to Miss Cora-Belle so she feels better quickly
    Love to a very special girl,
    Maddox

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