Barbara Damrosch makes the case that frost is a gardener’s good friend. She points out that the action of frost on the soil helps to break it up and improve it, and gives suggestions on how to use this to your advantage. This is a more workable idea for vegetable gardens than for perennial beds, but it’s good to be reminded that cold weather is not the enemy.
More like a severe great-aunt who makes you eat your Brussels sprouts.
Thanks to Mary Ann, the Idaho Gardener, for alerting me to the article. You can subscribe to the feed for Barbara Damrosch’s Washington Post column, as well as the other WP columnists, by going here.
In its own way, frost may be one of the most beautiful things to happen in your garden all year . . . Don’t miss it. Like all true beauty, it is fleeting. It will grace your garden for but a short while this morning. . . . For this moment, embrace frost as the beautiful gift that it is.
in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons