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Can Borage Take A Frost?

A photo of Shannon SaiaWhen I woke this morning it was 25 degrees outside, making last night our first frost. 5 November - not bad. I knew when I went to bed last night that in the morning my eggplant and peppers would be gone, and sure enough when I got home from work today they were dark and shriveled up. So were a few volunteer tomatoes and nasturtiums that I had been letting go just for the heck of it. The nasturtiums were frozen into a full-flowered wilt, and there were actually a few small green tomatoes on the larger plant. What surprised me was that my one volunteer borage that had recently given me some of its lovely wedgewood blue-colored flowers was still upright and lovely. That, I didn't expect. Also still around and looking great this afternoon is my one Gerbera daisy plant with its two big, beautiful coral-colored heads. This is good to know as I stop fussing so much outside and start doing more indoor garden planning. Next year I will plant some of these flowers late on purpose, just keep some color and beaty out there once it starts to get cold. Next survival test - first snowfall. I gathered some gerbera daisy seeds from that plant ealier this year so I may start them under lights this winter. They've always been one of my favorite flowers. I think it's thier Dr. Suess-ness that gets to me.

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, beets, turnips, rutabegas, Chinese cabbages and lettuces are still going strong.

An interesting thing - when I pulled up my nice, large Black Beauty eggplant, I was surprised to see how long its main roots were. There were two or three of them that extended laterally out somewhat past the upper width of the plant. Something to keep in mind when thinking about spacing for next year. I have to say that I was kind of sad to pull that plant up. It was quite the largest and most robust eggplant I have ever had.