|Cloche over a pepper plant in the spring|
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Jack Frost is close to a callin’. With frost comes the end of the signature summer vegetables like basil, tomatoes, peppers, and summer squash. You don’t have to worry about your cold crops like spinach, kale, cabbage, broccoli or lettuce; frost just makes them sweeter.
To prolong the season for your potted plants, move them to a sunny spot and place close to a wall. Tomatoes, peppers, and herbs will also do well indoors. Our cayenne pepper plant thrived indoors in the winter and took off running the next spring.
For all plants, you can use plant covers. These can be in the form of plant fabric covers (don’t use plastic), cloches, or a sheet.
We gather our pots of greens together and put under a portable greenhouse so we get greens all winter long.
For fall, leave your beds tidy. You can bury or compost the dead plants as long as they were healthy. Adding a layer of mulch will provide an extra blanket of protection and warmth.