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Around here we aren't supposed to get our first freeze until around the first week in November. That's what they keep saying anyway. That didn't work out to for us well last year. We got a surprise freeze in the middle of October and everything in the garden froze. Things happen.... We figured it was just a freak thing because the temps went right back up to normal for several weeks. Well, as luck would have it this past Friday night we had a cold front move in and the forecasters were calling for a possible overnight freeze out here where we are. It also brought in some seriously cold rain before dark.
What do you do? Well, we got out there in our raincoats and picked as much as we could ahead of a possible freeze. We stripped all the pepper plants of fruit and picked as much squash as was ready to pick. We started getting some of the tomatoes pulled off the vines but I got soooo cold and wet out there I finally said no more. I called Uncle and went in the house to get warmed up and dried off. It's not like we've not been blessed with a wonderful year for tomatoes.
We didn't get a hard freeze but we did get a pretty heavy frost. It was enough to kill off the squash and the pumpkins.
The peppers look as though they'll probably come back.
Some folks say that you can't can yellow squash. That it gets to soft in the canning process. Have you ever seen yellow squash in cans at the grocery store? I have. Shoot, I've even bought it several times. We happen to love squash even if it is sorta squishy, the flavors still spot on. This year I've experimented with chunks instead of slices in hopes that it won't totally fall apart. I haven't opened any of it yet to find out yet but I'll try to remember to let you know how it comes out.
Last years early freeze and then this years frost have me wondering if maybe we should look into some row covers. What I've seen out there is pretty pricey though so I'll start poking around and see if I can come up with something more in our price range. I've been told that using row covers on the squash helps dramatically decrease the @#^% squash bugs too.
I have to laugh. We were having such good luck keeping down those #@$* squash bugs with the Eight. And then they freeze. Go figure!