First frost in the garden
The first frost in the garden can cause irreparable damage to a crop that is not harvested on time. Well, if the cold came gradually and almost all the beds and branches of fruit trees were empty. But autumn can be deceptive and after a long period of warmth frosts suddenly come. Let’s see what can be done with a frozen crop and how to protect plants if a short-term drop in temperatures is expected.
How to save a late harvest of apples and pears if frost hits
Frozen apples and pears are not subject to storage. Of course, you can try to choose fruits that are not damaged by frost, but their taste will not be the same, and the pulp will become “cotton”. If you look at and put in a box a couple of fruits with a frozen barrel, then they will begin to rot very quickly and from them the rot will spread to other fruits. Therefore, a late crop touched by frost is better to be used for processing.
- Cut the fruits into plastics and put them in the dryer — you get very tasty and vitamin chips.
- Cook jam — it goes well for cooking over the winter.
- Make juice — it is much tastier and healthier than store-bought.
There are many options for processing frozen crops, use the one that suits your taste and do not forget to bake fragrant apple charlotte! Most likely, you haven’t tried it over the summer, but this is the most delicious of apple pies.
What to do with frozen raspberries
The second harvest of remontant raspberries occurs in autumn. Often bushes produce before the first snow and go into winter with berries. If you did not shoot a late harvest in the hope that it will still ripen and the berries will freeze, then do not leave them on the branches. You can also cook a lot from them. For example:
- Cook raspberry jelly — it is very tasty and fragrant.
- Make raspberry pie or raspberry buttercream cupcakes.
- Brew fragrant tea with berries and enjoy its taste.
- Shake up a delicious smoothie by adding one banana and frozen blackcurrant.
The main thing is to give yourself pleasure, because these are the last fresh raspberries this season and the new harvest will not be until next summer.
Autumn frosts in the garden and vegetable garden: how to save vegetables
If you still have late beets growing, then keep in mind that they do not tolerate frost at all. If sub-zero temperatures only promise — urgently harvest, otherwise the root crops will be poorly stored. If, nevertheless, the frost came unexpectedly, dig out the beets and let them be processed.
- Pickle it in pieces — then you can cook borscht or make a vinaigrette from them.
- Prepare borsch dressing — it will all fly away during the winter months, I personally checked it.
- Grate some of the root vegetables and put them in bags in the freezer — also useful for borscht.
Some of the root crops that look best after frost and do not have soft, squeezed areas to the touch, put in storage. Of course, they will not lie for a long time, but they can be quickly put on vitamin salads and vinaigrettes.
The pumpkin growing in the garden is also afraid of the first frost in the garden. Large, mature pumpkins with a thick crust will not suffer from short-term cold weather, but young, “milky” fruits, most likely, will be “bitten” by frost.
Follow the weather forecast, if cold weather is expected, place arcs and cover the plantings with spunbond. If the frost has already been, then urgently harvest. Roll up large fruits for storage, and cook juice from young ones, cook mashed potatoes, bake pies or cook delicious pumpkin porridge.
Cabbage and carrots are not afraid of cold weather. They are not afraid of short-term autumn frosts, so they do not need to be covered. But keep in mind that if the temperature has already dropped to minus, then you need to hurry up with the harvest until more severe frosts come.
How to protect your garden from frost in autumn
Sometimes we do not harvest for a very simple reason — we are waiting for late varieties of fruits and vegetables to ripen. Therefore, if you read in the weather report about a future drop in temperatures, then you need to take care of protecting the garden from frost.
Regular smoke will help raise the air temperature by 2-3 degrees. It is necessary to make several fires in the garden and put green leaves left after harvesting on top of the branches. It will give a thick, creeping smoke that will envelop the trees and keep the fruits from freezing.
In the garden, do the shelter in the same way as in the spring — put arcs and cover with covering material. He will save from short-term frosts and will not let the crop die.
Of course, it is better not to save your garden from frost, but to clean vegetables and fruits in time. Therefore, check the weather report — what if serious frosts are just around the corner and it’s time to clean up the harvest?