Last Days of September
No one is posting on their first frost or have I missed something?
3 AM and I'm frozen in front of the desktop screen, checking nearby locations for frost. Wandering back into the living room to look at what Accuweather has to say . . .
We have skidded, in a near uncontrolled way. The days of record-high temperatures in the 90's just 2 weeks ago, seem distant. It didn't make it to 60f on the 25th. The WS tells us that it is the first day with such a cool afternoon since June 21st. Honestly, that tells you more about our Junes than late September here.
This morning, the thermometer will drop to 34f, we are told. However yesterday, there was ice on the top of my pickup! Just a light frost at 7:45am! No ice on the lawn. And . . . no frost damage in the gardens!
I will soon be in one garden with a hand on the sprinkler valve and just hope for the best everywhere. Did NOT pick all the green tomatoes but got some things that would go down to the frost yesterday afternoon. Dahlias are hanging out there but "usually" that garden & the little veggie garden beside it, are fairly well protected. Only once in the dozen+ years I've been there, has it frosted there and not the more exposed big veggie garden(s).
I'm "nearly" resigned. No WS prediction of any warmth anytime soon so the gardens will just go into a holding pattern whether frost kills the frost-sensitive plants, or not.