First Frost of the Season

Finally, some seasonally appropriate weather! Early this morning, the brassicas were frosted white. I went out to remove the various traps (still baited and unsprung) from the mysteriously no longer rat-proof chicken run. I could hear the girls murmuring in their nest box, but they weren’t eager to come out into the icy chill.

If you garden in California, you can find average first and last frost dates for your area in this freeze/frost occurrence data from the National Climatic Data Center. For other states, go straight to NCDC’s home page and navigate to data for your area.

Brassicas covered in frost.

Frosty brassicas at dawn (tucked in under a cozy layer of leaf mulch).

5 Responses to First Frost of the Season

  1. That sounds good. I like walking around the morning of the first frost with a nice hot cup of coffee in my hand.

  2. Jay’s got the right idea, makes you feel good to be alive doesn’t it! Yesterday morning I collected leeks, swede and parsnips to add to a stew as well as a few brussell sprouts from the allotment…. no frost, just drizzle!

    • Yes, there’s something special to me about each turn of season. I get excited, and nostalgic, and very glad to be alive all at the same time!

      Sounds like you have a fabulous winter garden going, Jackie! I had to look up swede to discover that it’s what I’ve always called a rutabaga–but I’ve actually never grown one (or eaten one?). I assume they’re tasty since you’re growing them…do you recommend?

  3. We’ve been experimenting with what will grow on our rather poor soil for all the extras we add and swede ‘Tweed’ is particularly hardy. It’s beautiful in any vegetable stew or boiled and mashed with a dollop of butter and black pepper. Some consider it bitter and only fit for animal fodder but I think that’s a waste of a great vegetable and so far ours have never tasted anything other than mild and sweet so it’s down to the gardener! Another delicious member of the family is turnip ‘Sweetbell’ that I’d highly recommend. It can be sliced and added to stir fry, steamed whole or eaten raw.

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