Frost in the Vegetable Garden
It might finally frost overnight Thursday in Saco, Maine. I can't visit my garden until 9pm that night. Should I take the flashlight and harvest in anticipation? What can stay and what would be ruined by the first frost? Should I just drape sheets and tarps over some items in my raised beds and not sweat it? I have the following still in the garden: Swiss Chard, eggplant, peas, butternut squash, leeks, carrots, beets, rutabagas, various hot peppers and green peppers,and lima beans. I am sure the leeks and carrots can stay but am a rookie still on dealing with frost and the end of the season vegetable gardening period. Even if the garden can escape a first frost this week will another week or so of time make a difference on the maturing of any of the above items?