Did I make the headline clear enough? A killing frost appears to be coming up TONIGHT!
That will put an exclamation point on most of our garden's for this year unless you have a small garden that you can protect. In my case, I am only going to protect one plant in the garden and the rest . . . . what will be, will be. That plant will be a bitter melon or African Cucumber, Ampalaya, Balsam Pear, Balsam-Apple, Balsambirne, Balsamo, Bitter Apple, Bitter Cucumber, Bitter Gourd, Bittergurke, Carilla Fruit, Carilla Gourd, Cerasee, Chinli-Chih, Cundeamor, Fructus Mormordicae Grosvenori, Karavella, Kathilla, Karela, Kareli, Kerala, Kuguazi, K'u-Kua, Lai Margose, Melón Amargo to mention a few other names by which it might be called.
I have five other bitter melon plants but one in particular will receive the "star" treatment and that is because it has been a star in production this year. It self-seeded itself, survived late spring frosts and mid-summer droughts, all while out-producing the other five plant's total production that were intentionally planted and babied throughout the year.
It seems to have had a better "taste" as well since several of the oriental restaurants we take them to wanted to know if we could get them seeds. They claim it was less bitter than most (sounds good to me) and had the best formed fruit. It is hard to think of bitter melon as fruit, but you get the idea.
BUT, it just occurred to me that ALL the plants I took out of the greenhouse this Spring, HAVE TO GO BACK IN if I want then to survive the night. Too many and some are too large to cover. YUCK because that also means I have to clean and straighten the greenhouse which doubles as a kitten house. Being a kitten house (with a few adults) means that I have to protect the plants from their onslaught during the cold months and make sure none will actually harm the kittens.
I don't have any that would kill them but I have heard some of them could make them sick so they will be hung or enclosed in chicken wire (pretty). I do that also for a few vegetable plants that I over-winter.
Hmmm, guess I better get crackin'.