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.


  1. Oh Mary – what a shame about your veggie plants!! Do you believe the heat and humidity today?

    Comment by Judy Killmer — May 21, 2013 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

  2. What a shame about your garden. Hopefully you will be able to replace what you have lost. I live in New Hampshire but take all my plants to my summer garden in Maine. My tomatoes won’t go into the ground until the early part of June…just to be safe.

    Comment by Karen — May 22, 2013 @ 11:38 am | Reply

    • The dead tomatoes and peppers belong to my garden neighbors. At a community garden you get to see everyone’s mistakes. My own tomatoes & peppers will be planted early next week, after the cold snap this weekend.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — May 22, 2013 @ 12:14 pm | Reply

      • Happy to hear that you didn’t loose your own…but a shame for your friends.

        Comment by Karen — May 22, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

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