Friday, October 2, 2009

Six weeks until first hard freeze

In preparation for planting my doomed fall garden, I spent quite a bit of time calculating the first hard freeze for my zip code -- 37777. A hard freeze is when the temperature reaches 28 degrees at night.

Today is the six-week mark.

The pumpkin in the photo will not make it to maturity if the freeze occurs on schedule. If you recall in an earlier post, the pumpkin is totally a volunteer that sprang up in a hard patch of ground near the well. It has been neither tilled or fertilized. My fall garden is a few feet away, dead and brown.

I will be sure to plant some pumpkins next year so Maw Nature can have a little more fun with me.

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