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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Frost Damage to Plants - DO NOT Prune!

Dear Folks,

It may be tempting to "tidy up" a frost damaged plant but DO NOT - the damaged plant material acts as a protective covering - like a blanket - to the growth underneath the damage.  The damaged parts of the eggplant shown are protecting the pepper plant underneath it.

Coffee Tree Frost Damage
The Coffee Tree took a bit of hit at the top but the mango and two avocados in that area are fine.

You can get more harvests by leaving the dead growth on top, until frost danger is over in late February - give or take a couple of weeks depending on where you are.  My pumpkin vine took a big hit but the pumpkin is still maturing so I'm not going to harvest until it is fully tan. 
Elsewhere on the vine there is a baby pumpkin possibility needing pollination - I noticed there is at least 1 male flower in the vicinity, so we shall see what happens.

On "darn" note another pumpkin which has been growing along got detached from the vine, so now I need to find time to cut into it and see if I can use it like zucchini. That is the good thing about the melon, squash, cucumber family.  You can frequently use the immature fruit like you would zucchini.  Some are quite sweet tasting. I had the opportunity a couple of years ago when baby watermelon got detached and they were delicious!

And my tomato / sweet potato bed took a hit, but as you can see from the second photo there are some nice tomatoes ripening under the damage and canopy.

And finally as you probably noticed in the Coffee Tree photo above, we have oranges!

They are starting to fall from the tree, earlier than normal, probably because of our exceptionally warm fall.  They are really delicious.

Still getting sugar peas along with the wonderful tomatoes and sweet peppers.  So salad tonight!

I wish you the Merriest of Christmases and hope yours is joyous, peaceful and filled with love and good food.

Be safe, be kind and patient.

-- Catherine, The Herb Lady

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