Against my better judgement, I set out about half of my tomato plants a few days ago. The weather has been so unseasonably warm that it's easy to forget it's still early April. The entire winter, in fact, has been so warm many plants I usually treat as annuals lived through the winter. I chose to ignore my garden records that indicate in 2007 the temperature here dropped to 24 degrees F, and in 2008 a frost occurred on April 15. Thinking that we were done with frost because most things are a month ahead of schedule, I set out the plants.
|Healthy, undamaged tomato plants|
|Healthy, undamaged pepper plants|
|Frost-damaged tomato plant|
|Another frost-damaged plant|
|Lower leaves of potato plants are not damaged by frost|
|Frost-damaged potato plants|
|Frost damage visible across the entire potato patch|