I awoke this morning to stillness, cold air and the first frost of the season.
Observing when the frost happens in your garden is an important thing to note in a gardening journal, so that you can be reminded next year and build your knowledge of what is specific to your region. Depending on what source you are consulting, Santa Rosa’s first frost date is either November 3, November 5, or November 21. Knowing your frost dates are important, because, hypothetically, you base your seed plantings either some designated weeks before (for first Fall frost) or weeks after (for last Spring frost).
However, published frost dates are more “guidelines than rules”. I seeded beets, greens and a variety of other veggies later than recommended, hoping that frost would come later than the expected early November dates.
This first frost was cold enough to freeze our bird bath solid, leave an ice sheen on the neighbors roof and my picnic table. I had some pillows drying on the clothesline and they were certainly crunchy. Itty bitty ice crystals gathered on the leaves of the veggies and cover crops.
This frost wasn’t hard enough to do any damage to the citrus, the cover crops or my newly sprouted arugula, kale and peas. As soon as the sun came up everything perked back up like there was no change. But I’m going to be checking the weather regularly from now on, more frost means covering the citrus and the more tender veggies.
This weather has been strange lately. A few days ago, we had crazy wind storms that brought trees down, caused the power to go out, and stripped deciduous trees of any leaves. Yesterday is was unusually warm in the early mornings, and today we had our frost.
Have you had frost yet where you’re at?