Our average first frost is October 21. We’ve had a very light frost already – light enough that it didn’t damage most plants and we only saw it on rooftops. But, Monday night it’s supposed to be 25 and Tuesday night, it’s supposed to be 24.
I’m sure stranger things have happened, and will happen but we haven’t had any conditioning cold so that’s not going to help the trees and shrubs.
And, by the end of the week, it will be summertime again! Mother Nature keeps us on our toes.
I dehydrated all the basil and lemongrass yesterday. I also trimmed back the bay leaf trees so we could get them in the garage and I dehydrated those. Today I cut all the rosemary and most of the green onions and they’re in the dehydrator now.
The ginger lily bulbs are all in a tub and packed in peat so they can spend the winter in the garage. I also stuck the lemongrass roots in a tub of peat and stuck it in the garage too. It may or may not survive and grow again next year but if I didn’t try to save it, for sure we wouldn’t have it next year.
I’m ready for a couple of snows, then I’ll be ready for spring but . . spring and garden planting is a long time from now.
Linda in NE says
I’m just not ready for cold weather & winter but it’s going to be 22 tonight, 14 tomorrow night and 19 on Tues. night. That’s winter temps even here in Nebraska! Up until now it’s been a pretty nice Fall except for the wind this past week. My cats are confused by the quick change. They got used to going outside at night and now they are restless. They go out but get cold quickly and want back in. Repeat. Repeat. With the way the wind’s been blowing I don’t even want to go outside at all.
And, you will have a much longer winter than we will. Good luck with the cats! I hope they figure it out and don’t keep you awake.
Paula Nordt says
98 degrees here today. Tired of the heat, but glad it seldom gets as cold as you are getting. We desperately need rain, and might actually get some tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
It was 80 here today and will be 84 by the end of the week. We need rain too. We got a few drizzles a couple of nights this week . . one night was not even enough to show up on the rain gauge. 🙁