Well, I’m ashamed to say it, but due to an early frost in 2013, I lost a TON of tomatoes and other garden goodness (not sure if this was worse than the apricot harvest I lost to the heat in the summer of 2014).
Yep, last week we had a little cold front hit the Wasatch Front here in Utah.
Had I been paying better attention, I could’ve easily covered up my tomatoes for a few nights and give them the chance to ripen the last crop.
As it is now though, pretty much everything was destroyed in the frost and will need to be turned over, composted, and laid to rest until next year.
This comes as a big blow to me, after months of watering and caring for these little plants. Even so, I think it’s kind of a tendency to get bored with your plants and start forgetting about them towards the end of the season.
How To Avoid Early Frost 2013
If you still haven’t been hit by frost this year, don’t let your garden suffer the same fate as mine!
Here’s a couple tips for you:
- Make sure you know when your area is expected to hit freezing temps. You should be able to get pretty good weather estimates from most smart phone apps, weather.com or a quick google search.
- Harvest everything that’s ripe or close to ripe prior to the night(s) you’re expecting a freeze. Better to harvest something a couple days early, than risk not harvesting it at all.
- For produce that’s not ready to harvest yet (especially tomatoes and peppers), cover the plants before sundown with a plastic drop cloth to keep off mositure (and therefore frost).
- For even gardening even later into the season, consider constructing a simple hoop house using PVC pipes and plastic sheeting.