Early first frost – North Texas

  • Early first frost – North Texas

    Posted by MulberryGardens-Christina on October 15, 2022 at 2:48 am

    I’m getting knocked off my feet a bit here! Looks like our first frost is coming over 2 weeks before average. We’ll be harvesting peanuts and sweet potatoes tomorrow (hope they are ready). I need to figure out a plan for our roselle. There are a few dozen pods ready to harvest, but hundreds and hundreds of small ones. We’re considering tarps and putting hot bricks under the bushes… the bushes are over 6ft tall and about the same diameter. But I really want to have a nice stash of my red hibiscus tea!

    I’m a little bummed about having to cut down my 10 foot moringa tree that was just starting to set flowers…. and Temps will be back in the 80s by next weekend. Silly Texas.

    Jen-in-Ok replied 1 year, 7 months ago 4 Members · 8 Replies
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  • SunshineKid-GardenCoach

    Member
    October 15, 2022 at 3:07 am

    Cutting the Moringa tree back will generate more branches to grow so they will produce more flowers in the long term.

  • MulberryGardens-Christina

    Member
    October 15, 2022 at 11:52 am

    Good point! Maybe we’ll get flowers next year! Someday getting our own seed pods would be incredible! 🙂

  • Jen-in-Ok

    Member
    October 15, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    we are getting that early frost here too on okla. not much to cover here. there isn’t even grass hardly. too dry this summer. just a few ornamentals that got babied all summer to cover up at my place. maybe wrapping a tarp or a sheet of plastic over the roselle will be enough to get them through the frost? it probably won’t frost again for a few more weeks and the pods could ripen. if they are in a row you could throw a whole sheet of plastic over them like they were in a greenhouse.

    • Canningnana

      Member
      October 17, 2022 at 4:27 am

      We had early frost about two weeks ago. Hard frost coming this week.

  • MulberryGardens-Christina

    Member
    October 15, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Yes, they are in a row… about 7 feet tall, 6 feet wide, and 20 fert long… but there are a few cattle panel trellises in the sides of a few of them. And I have luffah that still needs weeks to dry out… not sure how that will go… maybe we’ll stay up all night making smudge pots, lol… sounds like fun. 😉

    • Jen-in-Ok

      Member
      October 18, 2022 at 2:47 am

      LOL!!

      I wish you luck and warmth to keep them going through tonight and tomorrow night!

      • MulberryGardens-Christina

        Member
        October 20, 2022 at 1:30 pm

        5 of the 6 bushes survived!! 🙂 It got down to 30 here. Brrr!!!

      • Jen-in-Ok

        Member
        October 31, 2022 at 5:24 am

        Whoo!! that’s good to hear! I’m glad you got most of them trough! I love Roselle tea.

        It got down to 26° here, I think. even things I wrapped blankets around and covered up got frosted off. But- nothings dead- they just went to sleep early this year. not a problem, just wanted them to have that extra month before our next frost!

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