Average first fall frost here is 20 October, this one was more than 3 weeks early. Prediction was 40°F. Official low was 42°, but 42 won’t do this kind of damage! The main plot is in a low-lying area near the Jordan River, but > 10° colder?? Fortunately, I managed to cover most of the tomatoes, peppers and other cold-sensitive plants. But the cucurbits are finished for the year.
From mid-September to mid-November, seed saving efforts (not to mention harvesting and marketing) consume much time and energy. I’m attempting to save seeds from nearly 1,200 total varieties, including >800 tomato varieties. I’m maybe 25% done with the task. With more frost likely later this week, it’s pedal to the metal more than ever. Regrettably, this leaves less time for seed orders; so for this period, orders will likely take 1-2 weeks instead of the usual 1-2 days.
Not ideal, but that’s the nature of the business.