There aren't many good things to say about the first frost. There are usually several false alarms, where you run outside in the dark and cover all your tender plants - just in case. Then one morning you wake up and see sad looking brown Celosia and mushy sweet potato vines. I can take a hint, gardening season is over.
But wait. There is a plus to frost. It makes certain vegetables just that much sweeter. You probably know that carrots enjoy a slight chill, but have you let your Brussels sprouts enjoy the wonders of frost?
It doesn't seem like many gardeners grow Brussels sprouts anymore. Of course, it doesn't seem like many people eat Brussels sprouts anymore. They are such an interesting plant, I think it would be easier to get children to try them if they saw how cute they are on the plant. Personally, I prefer my Brussels sprouts almost raw. OK, I have been know to munch on them in the garden.
Brussels Sprouts are a long season crop and although they are a late harvest, they are a relatively long one. Because of their fondness for cool weather, Brussels Sprouts are a fall crop in warmer climates, so there's still time for you folks to start planting. If your garden is done for the season, read how easy it is to grow Brussels sprouts anyway, and think about making some space for them next year. There's even a red variety that you can at least enjoy looking at, if you'd still prefer not to eat them.
Photo: © Marie Iannotti