Mary's Veggie Garden

May 21, 2013

First Looks Are Deceiving: Frost part II

Filed under: Cabbage,Frost,Peppers,Tomatoes,Vegetables,Weather — marysveggiegarden @ 2:36 pm

On May 14 I blogged about the frost that hit the Hudson Valley early that morning.  On that day my Vassar Farm garden looked OK. At home the temperature had dipped to 30.9°F overnight but there was no damage in my vegetable garden. I don’t know what the temperature hit at Vassar Farm, but it was lower and some Brassicas were frost burned. It took a couple of days for the frost damage to show. Even the Brassicas under a double layer of light-weight row cover were frost burned.

This is how the plants looked 6 days after the frost.

Frost damaged kohlrabi.

Freeze damaged kohlrabi.

Frost damaged Rubicon cabbage.

Freeze damaged Rubicon cabbage.

Freeze damaged cabbage.

Freeze damaged cabbage.

These plants will survive. The growing tip in  center is still alive. Three or four of my smallest cabbages and kohlrabi (not pictured) will not survive.

Here are the tomatoes featured in the previous post.

Tomatoes hit by frost.

Tomatoes hit by frost.

And these are the peppers I thought had survived.  The young leaves and growing tip of the plants are dead though some of the bottom leaves are green. My neighbors 20’x20′ garden is almost entirely hot pepper plants. Only one plant completely escaped the frost. I wonder why/how.

Freeze damaged peppers.

Freeze damaged peppers plants.

May 16, 2013

Last Frost? May 14, 2013

Filed under: Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 8:26 am
May 14: the early morning sun touches the overnight frost.

May 14:  early morning sun touches the overnight frost on my lawn.

As forecast, frost hit the Hudson Valley overnight, May 13-14. My max/min thermometer recorded an overnight low of 30.9°F. Historically, this is not unusual, but in the context of the last five years, it is a first. Old – timers say the last frost date is Mother’s Day. Around 10-12 years ago we actually had a mid-May snow fall.

I didn’t lose any plants. I have not yet planted any warm weather crops. I used a floating row cover over some young Michili cabbage and Kossack kohlrabi transplants at Vassar Farm and everything came through without problems. The community gardens at VF are in a broad, flat valley between two ridge lines. The cold air collects in the valley so the gardens tend to get late spring and early fall frosts.

The uncovered heat loving plants didn’t fare as well. A few gardeners knew enough to cover their tomatoes. Those plants were OK. The rest of the tomatoes looked like this plant in a neighbor’s garden. This plant was already good-sized when it was transplanted in early May.

Frosted tomato transplant.

Frosted tomato transplant. Will the gardener replace it or wait to see if it recovers?

Surprisingly enough, another neighbor’s hot pepper garden looked untouched, while tiny sweet pepper transplants next door were frosted and most likely are dead.

Hot peppers look like they survived the frost.

Hot peppers look like they survived the frost.

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