October 10, 2012

First Frost Fast Check!

Tonight could be the night!
first frost map
Based on where you live, you may or may not be headed into your first frost of the autumn season. 

What to do? Think and act fast!
  • Pick the tomatoes- even the green ones! Use them in some great green tomato recipes (fried green tomatoes or green tomato cake, anyone?) or wrap in newspaper in a dark, dry location and check often for ripening.
  • Use plant covering if you think the frost is a stand alone event. A light cheesecloth or burlap type material is best (even a light bedsheet will work), and make sure the plants can handle the weight of the cover. Otherwise, you'll need to use some type of prop to help bear some weight so you don't break off or damage the plants underneath.
  •  Bring in your mums, potted plants, and hanging baskets- if they've made it this far, no need to let the first frost ruin them.
  • Start to think about winterizing your garden area for the season and draining any standing water- ie rain barrels, water features, etc- and stay tuned...I'll be putting my first organic garden to bed this weekend!

Related Posts & Links:

Worms for All Seasons
Where Oh Where Have My Little Worms Been?

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