It's been quite a cool, wet summer this year in my area and it was topped off by a very early frost two nights ago. The weather today almost seems balmy and the forecast for the next couple of weeks is similar. Unfortunately, a brief dip below zero Thursday night killed off parts of my garden.
|Just before the frost|
The flowers were the most affected. My tall cosmos didn't even have a chance to bloom!! They are too much trouble to cover up so I took one last picture. They are still standing but the leaves are now wilted and black.
Here is how they looked around mid-October last year. So pretty and I'm so disappointed!!
Same with the African marigold (shown in the main photo). I had high hopes for these lasting through October ... I had such a big, lovely patch.
The Tarbais beans died as did the two remaining tomato plants I had left. But there was so little fruit that I didn't bother to cover them up. And there was no need to cover the broccoli and brussels sprouts - they can handle a light frost.
So could the carrots.
Unfortunately, I totally forgot about my miracle zucchini plant (no zucchini all year other than a single zucchini that I noticed a couple of weeks ago). It's gone now. As is the basil even though I covered it with plastic.
And I did cover the arugula and spinach and they are still okay. And same with the parsley (wow, is it ever okay!).
As are the recently seeded beets which I covered as well.
I brought the potted geraniums inside but, for some reason, I thought the potted mint would be okay. Not so as it is now mostly black.
The swiss chard was not really relevant to the frost topic as something nibbled it a few days earlier.
On the bright side, I can get several of the gardens cleaned up and prepped for winter much sooner than I had anticipated! Was anyone else hit by an early frost?