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.

November 20, 2011

Fall Crops Under Snow

Filed under: Cabbage,Carrots,Celeriac,Gardening,Kohlrabi,Lettuce,Peas,Vegetables,Weather — marysveggiegarden @ 9:18 pm

Saturday, October 29 Poughkeepsie, N.Y. received 10-12″ of heavy, wet snow.  I had many fall vegetables growing at the time. Let’s take a look to discover how they fared.

The weather had been relatively warm leading up to the storm. The first hard frost, which was a freeze of about 28 degrees, happened only a couple of days before the snow.

All the snow pictures which follow were taken Tuesday, 11/1. Although the temperatures were back up in the 50’s, it was taking time to melt all that snow.

Snap Peas 

Snap Peas 'Cascadia'

The snap peas, a variety called Cascadia, did not survive the snow. I follow the weather forecast closely when waiting for the first frost, so I’d harvested a gallon bag of snap peas 3 days before the snow. We were still enjoying those snap peas two weeks later when I removed the dying plants.


Lettuce 'Sierra'

The lettuce is a red-edged Batavia type called Sierra. The outer leaves in this picture are translucent from freezing, and the edges are turning brown and dry. But I don’t give up easily. I harvested the lettuce, stripped off the outer leaves, trimmed away the top edge of some inner leaves and found a crisp, tasty head within.

Napa Cabbage

Napa Cabbages ‘Optiko’

The outer leaves of the cabbages are just starting to melt out of the snow. Since taking the picture I’ve harvested two of these cabbages. The splayed out leaves emerging from the snow started turning brown (rotting) after two weeks. After I cleaned up the head the center was crisp and mild.

Cleaned up for eating, two weeks after the snow storm.


Broccoli in the snow

The broccoli didn’t fare very well. The leaves were frost ‘bleached’. The heads were still edible, but the texture was somewhat flexible and rubbery instead of crispy.

Celeriac and Carrots


Scallions (left) & carrots (right, under the snow)

Because the ground was still warm the snow had no effect on the root vegetables. The carrot foliage was unharmed. Although the celeriac root (the part that is eaten) was well mulched and thus unaffected, it’s leaves and stalks were destroyed by the snow. In the last week it’s started growing new leaves.


Kohlrabi 'Kolibri'

I had 3 varieties of kohlrabi growing. Although some of the leaves were freeze ‘bleached’  the bulb part (actually a swollen stem) is still good, and they are putting out new leaves.

Harvest this week:

I’m harvesting everything remaining in my community garden plot, because the fences must be removed by Nov. 28, just before the ground often freezes.

Carrots ‘Bolero’  – 28 pounds

Carrots Red Cored Chantenay – 7.5 pounds

Celeraic – 3, around 1.75 pounds

Napa cabbage – 1 @ 2# 2oz.

Kohlrabi – 1# 6 oz.

Nine pounds of Bolero carrots, cleaned up and drying for storage.

3 Celeriac in all their rooty glory.

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