It officially frosted here for the first time last night. There was a very thin sheet of ice on the windshield this morning, and the temp read 33.8 when I woke up. Realizing that I still had green beans to pick, I made my way out to the garden as soon as the sun warmed things up a bit, expecting the worst. I was delighted to find most of the green beans still in pristine condition! I pulled each plant, one by one, and picked all the beans off, setting the bare plant to the side. I plan on letting the plants wither a bit, then I will chop them up and till them back into the soil to provide some added nourishment to next years squash plants. I picked about 3 quarts of green beans in all! And as an added bonus, I got about 30 small tomatoes that were still thriving as well (green, of course).
I still have 2 large cabbages to pick, a few brussels sprouts, and lots of kale and turnip greens. They all do fine with a little frost, so I will hold off a bit longer for them.
So, how do I feel about the success of this years garden? Over all, things went very well! I will grow more green beans next year for sure, and lots of summer squash, although the squash will NOT be under plastic. It just got too humid, especially with all the rain we had, and the mold ruined what could have been a bumper crop. Tomatoes and cucumbers will be back in the greenhouse next year, where they belong. I will grow fewer cabbages, lots more broccoli and turnips, and plenty of spinach and kale. I will NOT be growing brussels sprouts next year, or eggplant. I think I will try artichokes as my experimental crop, and potatoes are on the list as well.
Are you still harvesting from your garden? What has been your biggest success/failure this year?