The first frosts in the garden – what summer residents should be afraid of and what garden crops to save in the first place

Summer residents are difficult to surprise with frosts at the end of autumn.

  • Harvest raspberries in time
  • Frozen pears do not store well
  • What to do with frozen apples
  • Beet
  • The pumpkin needs a good hiding place

In most cases, frosts come unexpectedly. In just one night, frosts can destroy most of the plantings.

First of all, you need to try to save crops that are afraid of frost.

Harvest raspberries in time

If the berries fall under frost, they become watery and lose their taste. If cold snaps are expected, then you should immediately start harvesting raspberries. Frozen berries are allowed to be eaten fresh, but this must be done promptly, since they cannot be preserved. Berries can also be used to make jam.

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Frozen pears do not store well

Gardeners most often harvest pears when the air temperature drops to +8 degrees. Otherwise, you can be left without fruits. It is not recommended to lay frozen pears for storage. They are best recycled.

What to do with frozen apples

If the apples are frozen on the branches, then they are no longer subject to further storage. This is due to the following factors:

  1. Apples may lose their flavor.
  2. The texture of the fruit becomes cottony, so the apples will not taste good.
  3. Places that have been caught by frost rot.

If the apples are frozen, then it is necessary to wash the fruits and remove the seeds from them. After that, you can cook jam. You can also try making cider from frozen apples. If necessary, apples can be cut into slices, and then put in the dryer.


Many people like beets, as it is a tasty and healthy vegetable. It is best to harvest beets in late autumn, as by this period it will accumulate a sufficient amount of vitamins. Some gardeners do not have time to harvest in a timely manner, so root crops may freeze slightly. In order not to run into problems, you need to carefully monitor the weather forecast. If you do not have time to remove the beets in a timely manner, then it will not be possible to save it until spring.

If the beets are frozen, then in this case it can be used as follows:

  • marinate in pieces;
  • grate and put into packages;
  • prepare dressing for borscht and arrange it in jars.

There are many different recycling options. When choosing the right option, you need to start from personal preferences.

The pumpkin needs a good hiding place

Late varieties of pumpkin are allowed to grow until the first frost. By this period, the fruits will have time to acquire a thick crust and are not afraid of cold snaps. If you do not have time to remove the pumpkin before frost, then in this case the foliage will freeze. If sub-zero temperatures are expected, then it is necessary to cover the fruits with a covering material.

If the pumpkin leaves are beaten by frost, then you need to urgently start harvesting. Large pumpkins can be immediately sent for storage.

Young pumpkins, on which frozen areas have appeared, must be processed. Usually summer residents make pumpkin juice, as it contains a large amount of vitamins.

The first frosts are not terrible only for carrots and cabbage. Some summer residents specifically leave carrots until the first frost, as in this case it will become sweeter. Cabbage can withstand frosts down to -5 degrees.

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