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 the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.
in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons