It’s getting chilly at night! It was 34 degrees (F) this morning when I got up and there was frost on the ground. The first frost was actually about a week ago. I guess it’s time to finally take the air conditioner out of the window and replace the screens with storm windows.
Yesterday I harvested all the beets and Swiss chard from our garden. Fortunately, the frost had not yet damaged any of it…probably due to the overgrowth of “protective” weeds this year. We’ll have to eat the beets right away (we don’t pickle them), but the beet greens and chard can be frozen and provide delicious vegatables all winter. We blanch the greens/chard and freeze clumps of it on a cookie tray. Then we package these clumps using the Foodsaver to vacuum seal them, allowing them to avoid freezerburn and thereby stay “fresh” longer. It works rather well.