First hard frost cleanup.

The first killing frost has occurred with temperature reaching about 27f last night.

The Basjoo bananas are wilted and dark. The leaves are frost resistant and are not harmed until the temps are below 29f or so. The trunks will protect their growing buds and they will grow new leaves in the Spring from those buds. I will later remove the damaged leaves with sharp shears.

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The acuba’s leaves will wilt when the temps are in the 20s to prevent the loss of water but they are not damaged by the cold. They return to normal when the temps go back above 30.

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The low temps caused the Empress Trees to drop all their leaves at once. The leaves dry out in a few days and then they crumble and disintegrate to improve the soil. Gus enjoys looking under the large leaves for creatures.

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While removing frost damaged plants and raking leaves I discovered a dead vole. It’s rare to come across my arch nemesis! They have eaten every hosta and tiger lily I have planted!

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Of course, the cold mornings do not stop Gus from waking me up at dawn to go out!

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I rather have an iced double mocha latte from Cup A Joe!

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I think we can both get what we are looking for?

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14 responses to “First hard frost cleanup.

  1. You deserve the iced double mocha!

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  2. The loss of such large leaves must really change the views of and in the garden.

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  3. That is so freezing cold. Here is is 20C and raining, and I am feeling the cold! 🙂

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  4. You are doing much better than me. I am dreading my fall clean-up. So far I am just walking around the garden looking at it!

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  5. Yeah, it’s that switch over time when it’s too hot for the greens to take off, but night temps have already stunted the summer crops. If I were surviving off the garden, I guess I’d be pretty hungry right now or eating all my dried beans.

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