We had our first frost of the season at the beginning of November; this is a bit early, but not entirely unexpected. It hit the front (mainly ornamental) garden, and car in the drive, but didn't touch my vegetable patch; it helps that the vegetables are in a sheltered (next to the house), south facing position.
But really, the only plants still out there that would be negatively affected by frost are the nasturtiums, and I didn't even plant them--they self seed every year. Still, the leaves make a nice occasional addition to stews and casseroles, and flowers for the odd salad that I continue to let a few grow. And nasturtiums are my frost indicator. When there's a frost, they'll die off immediately.
I've been waiting on first frost to eat the celeriac, and the regrown Brussels sprouts. Also so I can fully clear the nasturtiums away (so I can pile compost and manure on the beds), and move the last few perennials out of the veg patch.
Our first frost out back happened on Wednesday: it snowed! We got about half an inch or so; it snowed for about 12 hours then melted (enough time for the six year old to build a tiny snowman). I guess it's time for me to get out there and clear nasturtiums away.
|Brassicas in lower left corner; lawn and ornamentals elsewhere|