Garden Tip of the Week

by Leslie Cox; September 28, 2020

Any time now you should start paying close attention to the overnight long-range forecast because you will want to harvest the rest of your tomatoes before the first hard frost happens.

A hard frost is when air temperature is held at -2 °C (28 °F) for 4 consecutive hours. This frost can cause quite a bit of damage to tender plants and vegetables but not necessarily kill the whole plant.

A killing frost is when air temperature drops to -4.5 °C (24 °F). These low temperatures will kill tender plants…depending on the plant species. Some can survive one or two killing frosts but not consecutive or sustained ones.

Check out my Garden Tip: How to store green tomatoes for the method which works well for us. Truthfully, we have enjoyed eating home-grown tomatoes as late as March but that is only if I have not turned too many of them into Green Tomato Mincemeat…with brandy!

Tomato harvest

Quote of the Week

by Leslie Cox; September 27, 2020

The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August,
and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst
the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many.

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Garden Tip of the Week

by Leslie Cox; September 21, 2020

Improve poor lawns with a fall round of aerating, re-seeding and then a top-dressing with ¼ inch of compost before the middle of October.

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