On Monday morning (when the nighttime low was predicted to be 40), we drove out to the field to find frost everywhere! We have noticed that our actual temperatures are often several degrees lower than most of the weather sites predict, but this was a surprise for us. We had to rearrange our schedule, but we got everything harvested for the Tuesday market.
Monday was the third frost we have had, and the most widespread. This is a bit earlier than the average first frost for this area, which is usually around the middle of October. Fortunately we had very little damage to the vegetables (leafy crops are most vulnerable), and we are cranking along at getting all the storage vegetables out of the ground and into the cooler.
In preparation for the colder temperatures and getting our garlic in the ground, we have ordered a bunch of organic straw bales with which to mulch our garlic. They got delivered on Thursday, and Ben covered them up to protect them from the rain Friday.
Also, even though it is supposed to rain Friday, we will be at the market with lots of veggies - a whole array of fall roots, leafy greens, still some peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes, and plenty of seed garlic. Also, new this week we will have fresh GINGER! Yum!
See you at market!