Portland’s First Frost Advisory of the Season

In our area, the average first frost date is around November 2nd. Temperatures last night (October 11-12) were forecast to get down to 35 F.

When I set up the two gardens, I used PVC hoops as a frame for netting to keep birds and rabbits, but I knew they could also double as a cold frame with some thick plastic covering when the time came.

Unfortunately, I didn’t see the frost alert until yesterday morning. I was hoping to have some time in the evening after work to set up the cold frames, but on the one day when I needed to get out of work early, the ORs ran late and I didn’t get home until nearly 7pm. Of course.

The sun was already setting on my drive home. By the time I got home, any shred of daylight was rapidly fading. I started to pull out the tomatoes, but pretty soon need a flashlight to see properly. At that point, I decided to just salvage any tomatoes that had some red in them, and leave the rest to fend for themselves in the cold.

Oh well. This is how goes.

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