first frost

is predicted for tonight.  This is the last of the eggplant, maybe.  There are still some small fruit (like these are so big!) on the plants and I’ve left them in place, just in case.

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This is the latest I can remember the first frost since I’ve had the veggie garden.  It usually is sometime in the month of October, with the 15th being our first frost date.  For a change I’ve got the garden pretty much ready, with a lot of the plants pulled and in the composters already.  Yesterday emptied out the big tumble composter and put the dirt in the two old plastic garbage cans I use for the last stage of the compost process.  This year, both of those cans were half full of zucchini and tomato plant, so the dirt will hopefully help their decomposition along.  With a little rain today to soak into it all, I’ll put the lids on and let them cook through the rest of the winter.  For those of you in other areas, with our sunshine and altitude, those cans will get pretty hot!

Spoke to our niece last night in N.C.  While we are at different latitudes, we’re at the same gardening zone. Yet our climates are so different, our soils so different, that our gardening experiences are totally different!  When you buy plants/seeds and all they give are the hardiness zones, they are doing the gardener and plants a big disservice.  While the serious gardener gets the difference, the novice will be disappointed and may not pursue the hobby.  And the other side of that is how many people get their gardening advice from the big box store – the Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart – not their local gardening center.

Did get one of the new big (100 gallon) grow bags almost full of soil yesterday also as I emptied out the six 15gallon pots I’d used (unsuccessfully) for winter squash.  That was my fourth try, each in a different area of the garden, with winter squash.  This was closest to success with ONE SINGLE full size fruit that got eaten while hanging out waiting to ripen.  Since our local farmer’s market growers and our local Whole Foods have good organic winter squash to buy at reasonable prices, will forget the winter squash and make room for something else.  Actually, used to grow spaghetti squash quite successfully and will probably do that again next year. 

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