Thursday, October 3, 2013
The Saddest Time Of Year
Written For Northern Gardeners Almanac by Melanie J Watts
During the last week of September, right on schedule, there were three killing frosts in a row. They wiped out the zucchini plants but not before I noticed a two and a half inch fruit of pencil thickness trying to disguise itself as a stem. The potato tops were blackened, nasturtiums were reduced to mush and the beans went limp like to a wet handkerchief.
Inside the greenhouse the basil turned black and crumpled like grass beneath a lawnmower blade. The pepper plants and the tomato vines are still alive. I’m torn between wanting to leave the fruit so it will ripen or picking it and bringing it indoors to keep it from freezing. Luckily my glass and wooden greenhouse has been enough protection, so far.