Yesterday was a sunny, warm day, but it must have dipped low the night before. I went out in the morning to find a whole bunch of beans, basil, the zinnias along the side of the garden, part of a zucchini plant, a Gelber Englischer Custard Squash plant, a pepper plant, and a cucumber plant had been "zapped" by frost. The leaves were dark, wilted, and soft. Now they are dark, curled, and crispy. I have never had to worry about covering things at night in mid-August!
The Calimas that were hit the hardest were full of blooms, where a big crop of beans would eventually grow. Buckets of produce lost there. The dry bean plants had only the top leaves hit, so I am hopeful they will hang on. They are not even close to being mature enough to harvest and dry.
|Calima beans - they were the most productive fresh beans I've grown.|
|The almost-invisible brown strip across the middle is zapped basil!|
|Dry beans, a rare variety (Coco Jaune de Chine).|
|Dry beans - Red Kidney|