We had the first night frost

O no. I was not prepared for this yet.

The first frost gave an amazing view and everything looks so pretty coated with a thin layer of white crystals.

The only thing is that I have not harvested everything that is sensitive for frost. So the first thing we did, after it became a bit warmer outside, is harvest all of the pumpkins we could find. Our kid’s helped me with that and brought all of our pumpkins to our barn.

The pumpkins are definitely damaged by the frost

We gave the pumpkins a nice bed of straw in some boxes. We put them in the best place we have to ripen. We put them in our barn in front of the windows (facing west, the only side with windows in this barn). Unfortunately we have only 10 – 12°C in our barn. The pumpkins would like temperatures of around 20°C to ripen better, but that is something I can not offer. I hope this will do and try to process them before they turn bad. We have 15 pcs of Hokkaido Solor from only 2 plants and 30 pcs of Sweet Dumpling also from only 2 plants. Not all pumpkins are ready to eat yet, but we can give them some time. Or they will ripen enough to eat, or they turn bad and will land on the compost.

Beside the pumpkins I also have a lot of red beets in a bed and harvested only half to process. All at once would have been to many to process. The easiest thing was to make a big batch of soup. I filled these in smaller jars, since the kid’s do not always want to eat this and put these in the freezer. Of course we also eat from the freshly made soup.

Other than that I cooked a big batch of red beets in my instand pot and pickled these. Since the red beets where fully done I keep these pickled red beets in the fridge. Canning this is not an option any more, since I do not like squishy beets.

Only a part of the red beets needing to be processed (with a pumpkin pie in the back)
The first batch of red beets done in the instand pot and ready to be peeled
Pickled red beets

After this one night frost the wetter turned very nice again and I left the rest of the beets in the ground, since we have other things to do. One of those things was taking down our greenhouse roof which gave a nice free space to plant lots of cabbages next year.

Author: beautifulchaosorg

Hi, I am Carolien and I am a Dutch woman trying to build a self sufficient homestead on concrete and rubble. Follow my husband and me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@straverhomestead9667

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