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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 10:04 am    Post subject: Vegetables and frost Reply with quote

While growing up my family always had our own vegetables. This was my first year to plant some of my own. Due to late frost, I didn't get the first carrots sown until May, come August they weren't all that big, I figured it was due to the fact that the soil had always been fallow and probably not all that fertile, when sowing the carrots I didn't add any compost or manure, however when the carrots had sprouted I did add some grow-more but not a lot. I was hoping that they would have another week or two of growth before I started harvesting them. This morning was pretty frosty up this way, frosty enough that I had to get water for the car windscreen etc. So, I'm wondering, how will the frost effect the vegetables I haven't harvested yet, the ones I'm concerned about are:

Carrots (Always heard that frost effects the taste)
Beetroot
Onions
Cabbage (I'm guessing this should be OK)

Not worried aout Parsnips (Frost apparantly improves the taste), Leeks (A winter vegetable) or Potatoes (well insulated from the cold).

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:30 am    Post subject: Vegetables and frost Reply with quote

You should be safe enough.
Carrots should actually sweeten with a bit of frost.

The following vegetables tolerate light frost (0° to -2°Celsius)
Beetroot
Carrot
Potato
Cauliflower
Celery
Lettuce
Parsnip


Whereas these vegetables will tolerate a moderate to hard frost (-2° to -5 ° Celsius and often colder)
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Onion
Peas
Radish
Spinach
Turnip

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info GPI, mostly a relief. I pulled most of the onions yesterday evening, some haven't died back fully yet so I left them.

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Carrots should actually sweeten with a bit of frost.


It's all coming back to me now, I remember my Mother never likes carrots that had gotten frost, too sweet.

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