We did have a very light frost in some spots in the garden but there was no damage at all. Otherwise the week’s weather has been fine, temperatures mostly higher than we’d expect for this time of year, even overnight. But of course the trend is ever downwards when the daily averages or highs and lows are tracked. Winter is a coming but spring is also out there on the far distant future horizon.
We did gather all the tomatoes last week ahead of the anticipated frost so that is finished and the ground can be worked. Most of the cucurbits; the squashes, pumpkins, melons and cucumbers were picked up too, with only some undeveloped ones left, in the event that the frost did not kill off those vines, and warmth would return, as it kinda did. Not sure though how much growth they actually made.
All of the cabbage family plants; Brussels sprouts, kale (especially kale), cauliflower (if we have any left), broccoli and the cabbages themselves (with the sole exception of the chinese cabbage) should continue to grow and will be unaffected by the cold or light frost though growth will be much slowed. Our broccoli this year did very poorly. They were in later than usual perhaps and we were not able to get enough water to them during their plant growth stage and the were slow to set heads, heads were much smaller than expected and the usual prolific and repeated setting of side shoots was disappointing. There was only one picking, they were very small and there were not many. I think that overall the broccoli did not much care for the weather that we had.
The other animals here, besides ourselves, are all well. Still slow regrowth on the pastures but we’ll manage though supplemental feeding of hay and garden weeds and grasses is needed. Chickens still producing a good number of eggs though the ducks have fallen off, we should start to cull out non layers soon but hens are still in molt.
We should have 2 or 3 more weeks for the CSA veggie pick ups so long as the weather does not turn to winter like.