A heavy frost sure brings down the curtain on a gardening year. Sorry, LA47.
We have dodged that cold so far by having record highs in early September. A dust storm and rains have finally put an end to all that. Certainly, there has been frost earlier than the 1st day of Fall but not this year!
The cooler nighttime temperatures have slowed the zucchini and a number of other things, however. What I notice is that cucumbers can just keep on, keeping on - for a little while
. Green beans are about the most surprising of the cold-sensitive plants. Until it actually freezes, that 2nd planting of beans just keep filling out their pods!
I've already got 1 or 2 ideas for next year.
It will take a little rest from the garden to get real creative. It is good that we both have greenhouses but, other than 3 in containers, I won't have any tomatoes in there even for a brief time. Don't plan on turning the heat on until March, anyway. My idea is to transplant some greens into an indoor bed and then protect them with a plastic tunnel. We will see if that extra layer of plastic will allow them a little more growing time to produce a Fall (Winter?) crop