Frost Advisory

Warm afternoon sunlight passing through the raspberry leaf gives no hint of what tonight's weather will bring.
Warm afternoon sunlight passing through the raspberry leaf gives no hint of what tonight’s weather will bring.

 

There’s a frost advisory for most of northeastern Minnesota tonight. It was coming our way since yesterday. Last night northwestern Minnesota had frost. The low temperature here last night was 41 but in some low spots out in the fields I found ice on the grass just before sunrise. Tonight (actually early morning on the 12th) lows will range from the middle to lower 30’s. For me that means a frost, possibly a hard frost in some parts of my gardens. Most of the plants will endure a light frost except the squash, beans, and tomatoes. I’m covering the tomatoes with spun polyester frost blankets to protect the fruits. The squash and beans are leafy enough to protect the fruits so that much will be fine although the leaves will probably wilt once the sun comes up. I can harvest beans and squash tomorrow if the plants look bad. The summer is over and fall is on its way but it’s been a good year in the gardens with plenty of food in great variety.

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