Well, yes and no. We covered some things for our first frost. Yes, we already had it! From experience we know that after the initial frost there are often 2 or 3 weeks until the next one, and our growing season can be so short that we feel we haven’t fully enjoyed the fruits of our labors. After all, our last spring frost often occurs the first week in June. So we covered the grapes because they weren’t really ripe yet, and my husband’s favorite orange-colored cherry tomato, because, well, it’s his favorite. And Cadie covered her morning glories as best she could, because one variety hasn’t bloomed yet! (Scarlett O’Hara)
But we aren’t stupid. We know frosts will soon be a regular occurrence. We have plenty of tomatoes covering the kitchen counters, so we’re not going to go to great lengths to prolong their season. Basil doesn’t grow well in cool evenings anyway, so we cut every plant down to the ground and made our last batch of pesto. Many flowers can take a light frost , but not the cosmos, so we cut them all and have bouquets all over the house. It’s a festive way to mark the beginning of the end of the growing season.