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A delayed frost means more summer produce

Oct 7, 2022, 10:30 AM

Tomatoes produce will throught the season and are a productive crop. (Deseret News)...

Tomatoes produce will throught the season and are a productive crop. (Deseret News)

(Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Overnight frost could make it’s debut next week in higher elevation areas like Cache Valley a bit later in the year than typical. Most years, those areas will see that frost in late September. 

KSL Greenhouse Show Host, Taun Beddes told KSL NewsRadio, that’s good news for gardeners.

“A lot of people lost anywhere from 30 to 90 percent of their tomato plants so this extra weather is maybe a little bit of a reprieve so that they’re getting a few more fresh tomatoes.”

This year’s excessive heat damaged many gardeners summer crops but the extended warmer days are giving them a few extra weeks. Which more fresh salsa for us all.

When the first frost does hit, Beddes said it’s a good idea to put a tarp over warmer season crops, like tomatoes.

“It gives people an opportunity to get those tomatoes out of the garden. To get that sweet corn and the peppers,” said Beddes. “If we stay in the mid to high seventies, during the day those plants are very happy.”

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A delayed frost means more summer produce