Mary's Veggie Garden

May 16, 2013

Last Frost? May 14, 2013

Filed under: Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 8:26 am
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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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2 Comments »

  1. I covered my fig tree but a few exposed tips suffered damage.

    Comment by Norma Chang — May 17, 2013 @ 8:53 am | Reply

    • It’s position on the driveway probably protected the fig somewhat. Plus being on the upper part of the hill helps.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — May 17, 2013 @ 7:27 pm | Reply


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