The First Frost

Well, we knew it was coming but mom and dad thought they could cover the tomatoes and shut the greenhouse door and all would be fine. Not so my furless friends. The frost hit with a vengeance. Nothing was safe last night. The temperature got down to -4C…which is 28.7F. The tomatoes were frozen….that’s what you get for insisting they be vine ripened, mom. We now have frozen tomatoes sitting on the dining room table. A whole mess of green and red tomatoes. I don’t think anything will help them now but mom and dad are ever hopeful.

Mess of red and green tomatoes

Mess of red and green tomatoes

Peppers,melonsand tomatoes saved from frost

Peppers, melons and tomatoes saved from frost

The only plants left in the greenhouse are the Leeks. Mom will have to dry them very shortly. It is not recommended to freeze them as they can become bitter nor to can them, however the book didn’t say why not.

The tomatpes that can be saved are going to be made into tomato sauce with our own peppers.

Collapsed Black Eyed Susan's

Collapsed Black Eyed Susan’s

The Sunflowers are now laying in the garden....their time has past

The Sunflowers are now laying in the garden….their time has past

Do you know what is still going strong?

The seeds on the catnip will pop and spread themselves in the dirt.

The seeds on the catnip will pop and spread themselves in the dirt.

You guessed it….my CATNIP!

25 thoughts on “The First Frost

  1. dezizworld

    OMC Yous alweady got a fweeze? But winter just left!!! She way overstayed hers welkum and is comin’ back way too soon. Stay safe and warm and good luck wiff yous fwozen gawden. MOL (weez weally awe sowwy)

    Luv ya’

    Dezi

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      I like the way you put it Dezi….Winter did hang around for quite a while and is back for more….guess she likes it here. This is usually when we get the first frost so I really can’t complain. Mom seems quite happy that everything from the garden…like the tomatoes don’t seem to be frozen and can be put away. It’s just something has to be done NOW, not over a period of time.
      You should be in your motel room by now.

      Kisses,

      (((Shoko)))

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      1. dezizworld

        Glad yous mommy wuz able to salvage hers maters and da west of da stuff fwum da gawden. Sounds like she’s gunna be a bit busy fur a foo days. 🙂

        And fanks, yes we shuld, but as much as this place be a healff hazard mommy weally dusn’t like bein’ away fwum home. But weez will be there Sunday fwu Fursday meownin’.

        Luv ya’

        Dezi

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  2. onespoiledcat

    WOW……..the first frost/freeze……that’s when you know for sure those sunny warm days are GONE! Too bad about the tomatoes – – – we still have a lot on our plant but soon Mom will pull the green ones and fry them (Dad loves fried green tomatoes!). Fall is falling that’s for sure!

    Hugs, Sammy

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Yep. The frost always seems to come too soon. It will warm up again but never so hot as summer. I think its a sad time but some think its a great time….we’re all different. To me it signals 7 months of bone chilling cold….brrrr…Yet I always find something to do in the winter to keep mom and I busy.

      (((Shoko)))

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  3. fozziemum

    Well our frosts did some nasty damage here too sweets ..I really had to prune the daylights out of the Jacaranda as it was burnt black 😦 I hope your tommies are ok..i am sure they will be fine.. you can gently saute the leeks and then freeze them and they will be fine…then they will be ready for quiches or soups or pies..add just a tiny bit more salt than when you normally cook them 🙂 as for the sunflowers..well start seed collecting hahaah 🙂 and glad the nips fine!! our seems to have thrived after the frosts here 🙂 loves Fozziemum xxx

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      1. fozziemum

        Hahaahah in butter or Olive oil Shoko 🙂 and then you can portion them up and away you go 🙂 you could even of you have enough make a savoury marmalade..yummo! loves Fozziemum (who loves cooking with a passion) and Pee Ess the email mum sent I lost and the dang thing would not let me reply..think it was about the zucchini flowers ? let me know loves again Fozziemum xx

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      2. The Canadian Cats Post author

        Mom says butter and leeks just go together so she’ll sauté the leeks in butter. Yes, I remember, the zuke flowers….you said to stuff them and eat them. I couldn’t help think they would be torn to shreds by stuffing them…they are such dainty flowers. Have you tried them? This leek marmalade sounds good too….different but good. What would you put the marmalade on meat or toast?

        Let me know….mom too loves to cook.

        (((Shoko))) and Jean

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  4. PigLove

    oh WOW! Can you send me some of that cool air? Please. Just bottle it up and send it on to the Hotel Thompson – right in the middle of the HOT south – snorts. Those tomatoes and peppers are going to make an awesome sauce – I can almost taste it! XOXO – Bacon

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      hahaah….wish I could Bacon. Cause I know what the full moon is finished that all will warm up a bit here. It does this every year. We get a killer frost around the time the kids go back to school and then its nice. Well, the teachers are on strike but you get the idea.

      (((Shoko)))

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      1. PigLove

        Oh yes my friends. I understand completely. I think I might go hang out in the fridge for a while. It’s so hot here in the deep south. Miserable hot. Sweaty hot. Disgusting hot. Snorts. XOXO – Bacon

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    1. The Canadian Cats

      Hey Easy, Think you’re right….we sure will be seeing it next year when the snow leaves. The cages around the nip are gone….which in mom’s words means the whole neighbourhood can help themselves.

      (((Shoko)))

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  5. purrfectkitties

    Oh My Cats! What?! It’s freezing?! already?! Oh NOO! Say it ain’t so!! Where has the summer gone!! But at least the nip ist still going strong! That’s all that matters, right? 😉 xx Roxy & Tigerlino ❤

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  6. The Canadian Cats Post author

    Yep, the frost has hit….I’m feeling blue….down in the dumps. Mom has been playing with us this morning and when she gets busy I go to bed on my blankie and pretend to suck it…..it makes me feel better. *sigh*

    Kisses,

    Shoko

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  7. Nylabluesmum

    OH KATGID not a frosty allready Shoko?? It got down to 35 here over da weekend…but no frost in town…we iz sowwy to see da flowerz are lyin down or droopin; dey look so sad 😦
    We do hope yer Mum can salvage lotz of matoez n peppurz n da leekz…pawz crossed here.
    Yer furendz Nylablue n Sherriellen Mum

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      I was terribly upset when I looked out and saw the flowers hanging there heads. Now, I’m getting used to it cause the veggie garden was a lot of work and I can go visit with my buds in the Lane now. I’ll be happy to do the garden next year but I’ve had enough for this season. The catnip is still growing like mad though.

      (((Shoko)))

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  8. Nylabluesmum

    284 pawz up fer da katnip still growin so well…ya can’t keep a guud ‘nip plant down rite Shoko???
    Ya did pawsum on yer garden n deeserve a guud rest….
    We haz puttered in our wee garden n it iz still sorta in bloom. Once da flowerz die Mum will trim da rosez n other bushez back fer Winter…
    Yerz Nylablue

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Hi friends….lordy me, mom and I are way behind with the blogs and answering our buds. You are so right….I need a rest….that was lots of work and I am out with my friend Mortimer now…just hangin’. My mom used to cut back the roses in the fall too but there was always a certain amount of winter kill when she did so now she cuts the roses back in the early spring and what do you know…..problem solved. Let your mom know….she could always try it if winter kill is a problem. Up here it gets cold as snot….I don’t know about where you are.

      (((Shoko)))

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