Karen Rane, Plant Disease Diagnostician, Department
of Botany & Plant
Pathology , Purdue University
The first frost of the fall season occurred this weekend in the
Lafayette area, causing damage to tender garden plants such as
tomatoes (Fig. 1) and basil (Fig. 2). Frost-damaged leaves appear
watersoaked at first, then tissues collapse and blacken (Fig. 3).
Garden plants can be protected from light frosts by placing a cloth
covering over the plants. Warmer weather often continues for several
days or weeks after a frost event, so protecting plants from these
initial frosts will extend the growing season for your garden.
For more information on gardening in the fall, see HO-66-W
The Fall Vegetable Garden by B. Rosie Lerner.
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