Yes, it is officially the first day of fall although here in
New England, it is a bit balmy and overcast. But with early fall comes early frost so don’t be fooled by these warm, humid temperatures. Here’s a quick tip sheet from the National Gardening Bureau on frost tolerance of vegetables. http://www.ngb.org/index.cfm Just in case you are more than a tomato grower, it’s worth taking a brief refresher course.
Itching for a fall construction project? It may be a good time to build a cold frame. This structure is fairly simple to put together. Plus it’s the best way (at least according to the old timers) to harden off your vegetable plants in the spring and extend your growing season.
Looking for something a bit more social? There are plenty of fall festivals taking place in your town or city and many of them are rain or shine. For anyone local, check out the Johnny Appleseed Festival and celebrate Johnny’s 236th Birthday! Don’t let the weekend forecast scare you away from some outdoor fun. http://www.appleseed.org/
But back to my frost theme as I wrap up Friday’s post with a well-known quote from the infamous poet, Robert Frost himself. “The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” Friday quote interpretation: there’s plenty activity in the garden before winter hibernation sets in. No napping yet!
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