Taunting the first frost date

Ottawa (Zone 4) has a first frost date of October 1st but that is an average. One in two years there will be frost before that date. There is a 25% risk of a frost occurring 7 days before first frost date. Statistics not withstanding, we gardeners are born optimists. RIGHT? We at Seed Haven like to push the limits of nature and, as such, have planted the brand new crops shown in the two photos.

The beans at the bottom in the first photo were planted on July 29th, a special date, but that's another story. Given they should take approximately 55 days to mature, we should be good to go on Sept 22. Beets at the top  were planted on August 6th and should be ready Sept 29. 

The second photo from left to right are beets, spinach and lettuce all planted on July 29. They should be ready to harvest on Sept 20, Sept 12 and Sept 9 respectively. Spinach and lettuce will likely be ready to sample before these dates. Who doesn't like the tender young leaves. They will need to be thinned out in any case.

Seed Haven has ensured that these plants would get off to a very healthy start, has protected them form the current abundance of crawling pests, uses every ray of the waning sunlight, and nurtures with recent rainwater events. 

Of course this all supposes the intervening weather is cooperative. We will be recording the growing degree days as we progress just to see if we stray from the norms all of a sudden. But, that's not going to happen  :) 

We look forward to posting progress as we grow along. And, Oh! BTW, we planted more beans on August 5th. What we worry! 

Beets (top) and beans for fall harvesting

Beets (top) and beans for fall harvesting

Beets (left), spinach and lettuce for fall harvesting

Beets (left), spinach and lettuce for fall harvesting