Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Anticipating the First Frost

The first frost of the year is really hard to pin down here in Arlington since we're smack dab in the middle of the metroplex. the temperature here is usually at leas five degrees warmer than surrounding rural areas due to reflected heat off of pavement and millions of vehicles running constantly, or at least it feels like it.
Rains are coming regularly now keeping the plants happy but the temperatures like to roll up and down. tonight for instance it's supposed to drop into the 30's but the rest of the week is supposed to be low of 50-60 with highs in the 70's. We've really only had a few weeks of decent growing time since the heat decided to take a break and the rain came back. Now with freezing weather just barely out of the current forecast it's almost nerve wrecking. When will it arrive and will the current crops be ripe enough to pick before it does?
Have to keep a watchful eye out. I reall don't want to loose my basil or tomatoes. Fortunately the wild onion is coming up again. I never can get a grasp on exactly where they are from year to year since they seem to move a little. they're one plant that likes the frost.

3 comments:

Nat said...

I've been playing the same waiting game. The frost is unusually late this year, which is a good thing, as I'm hoping for a mild winter. Enjoy the basil while you can, it's getting to that time of year.

Mark and Gaz said...

We have not had any frosts in our part of the UK yet. Its been a very mild Autumn for us. Hopefully winter will be a mild one too but we shall have to wait and see.

StoBlogger said...

We've had frost on the rooftops a few times over in Allen, but haven't yet experienced a killing frost for the year. Perhaps it's coming this weekend. The wind is bone chilling today.