|Tomato plant after a frosty night!|
This is not a healthy tomato plant. This little Green Grape Cherry Tomato just spent its first night out in the ground without covers on. I thought it was cold last evening but did not realize that frost was predicted in some areas. I did not cover any of the new plants that were planted in my own yard yesterday during the Big Give-Away.
This morning all the house roofs on our street were white. The cars were white. It was 30 F. Frost was on everything. I felt sick. First aid measures suggested on the internet were to spray off the frost before the sun hit. It was not helpful for most of the affected tomatoes and cucumbers. About ten plants bit the ice (or were fatally bitten by it).
Fortunately, no one yet had laid claim to the remains I crowed about in yesterday's blog, and as I was walking home from Tai Chi, I saw that moms from our local elementary school were selling plants for the PTA. They had Black Cherry, Green Zebra, Valencia and Japanese Black Trifle tomatoes. So the most delightful of Things I get to do today is buy four of these big, healthy plants. One of the recipients in yesterday's Big Give-Away had given me a bit of cash. It went to the PTA for tomatoes. All's well that ends well.