Early Frost & Seed Saving Status

Frost Oxbow 9-28-2013 D

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.

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