Last week Tuesday night we saw overnight temperatures in the mid-30′s. I chanced it and didn’t cover anything, but Thursday night when a low of 27 was predicted I drug out the bedsheets. All of the container plants I could manage got drug into the garage. The rest were draped with bath towels and blankets. Madeline’s edible landscape project got covered with black fabric I use for a photo shoot backdrop. I’m just not ready to give up having all of those fresh herbs right by the front door, and the gem marigolds are still really pretty.
Certain things got harvested. All of the melons. The bell peppers, the jalapenos. Any tomato that had even started to blush.
And then it was time to cover what we could in the garden. But there aren’t enough sheets to cover our entire garden – so what to cover? It was time to pick favorites.
The Amish pasta tomatoes got top priority, because I’m needing a whole lot more of their slow roasted goodness for my freezer yet. Chile peppers similarly ranked high, once again for their roasting value. The celery got a sheet. It’s the first time we’ve grown celery, but we haven’t yet harvested any. And then I started doling out the few remaining sheets to the best looking tomato plants. It was a good thing, because that frost came just as predicted.
Today’s high? According to my car, it was 90 degrees at 5:00 this afternoon. From Carharts to shorts again in 2 days. Gotta love Iowa weather.