Saturday, September 19, 2009
Frost Kissed Spicy Globe Basil
Last night Jack Frost did a little sneaking around in our garden. This cute, round spicy globe basil was just kissed by the frost. The top is all brown, but the leaves near the ground are still green. The rest of our basil got more of the kiss of death except for a few plants on top of an old compost pile. There the frost swept by missing the basil, but laying it's nasty brown kiss on the butternut squash leaves right next to it. Some of our tender plants like the moonflower escaped completely. We were not expecting the frost last night. We did bring in the pots of sweet bay. It's a lucky thing we did. Sweet bays don't tolerate even a whisper of frost. In our defense, it was overcast, and we really thought the garden would be safe.
Tonight is a different story. The sky is clear and cloudless. The severe weather warnings were issued days ago. I picked the peppers. The potted plants are in the basement. Tomorrow morning I expect to wake up to a frosted white garden. tonight's predicted low is 35 degrees. Only July and August were frost free for us in 2009. Next year I hope we can do better!