Frost advisory

I guess I shouldn’t complain, I mean it is only May 12th after all.  Our last expected frost date is still 3 days away.  But would it have been too much to ask for just one year when we don’t get a late frost.

Anyway, we got the word today that we have a frost advisory tonight.  Temperatures expected to be 35, close enough that I can’t take a chance, so the tomato plants all went under cover tonight.

Frost covers on tomato plants
A frost advisory this late in the season means cover up the plants and protect then in any way you can.

In the bed above I have 26 tomato plants.  They have been in the   ground for several weeks, and they were in the greenhouse many weeks before that.  To lose them now would really be a bummer.  So, I threw empty planters over 9 of them, and covered the other 15 with landscaping cloth.  It isn’t going to take much to keep a light frost at bay.  I hope it is a light frost at worst.

I have 9 more tomato plants in another garden, the one that gave me poison ivy already this season.  So I had to cover those with landscape cloth too.  That is 35 plants tucked in for the night.  Glad I hadn’t put the rest of them or my pepper plants in yet.

The lettuce is getting close to a time when I can start pinching.

Other plants didn’t get covered.  Here there are some lettuce and probably a sunflower seedling or two as well.  There are lots of sunflowers just barely up that may not be able to take the frost, not sure about how hardy they are.

Bean seedlings.
These purple beans are freshly up, they should be alright.

Hopefully this will be the end of it.  Time to get some warm sun on these plants so they can grow up and bear great fruit.