Hard Frost

It was in the low twenties this morning. A hard frost is pretty when you know it’s going to warm up later.

This is why the growing season is over.

I’ll bring the Brussel sprouts in later this afternoon. It’s said that they taste better after a frost – if that’s the case, they should be delicious!


  1. We are finally going to have a hard frost this coming Friday morning, low of 25 degrees, BRRRRRRRR.
    The GOOD NEWS, no more cutting grass until early April.
    Having grown up on a farm in which the majority of the meat was raised or hunted and the majority of the vegetables were grown and canned I will eat just about anything (and actually like it), however, brussel sprouts is one of those things in which I think I would have to be placed on the show Survivor without food for a week or so before I could eat them.

  2. People who do not like brussel sprouts have not eaten them after they have been sweetened by a hard frost! They are heavenly roasted in the oven with a little olive oil. As the very last thing standing above ground in the garden, we love to harvest our sprouts for Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

  3. Gosh! It really is winter with you.

    Here in Suffolk (UK) it’s mild, really mild. Daytime temp is 13C, nighttime 12C, which isn’t right for November is it?

    When the thermometer drops we’re in for shock! All it needs is for the wind direction to change from SW to NE, then, brrrrrrrr!!!!


    PS I have moulting hens too, poor dears, I want their feather to grow – they look so sorry for themselves.

  4. Hello from WARM, sunny Florida ! Just wanted to say how much our family LOVES your blog and cams. I have them up everyday and we love your frequent updates. We farm citrus and blueberries, but have no chickens — our yard is full of foxes and coyotes at night. So, thanks for sharing your life with us down south. Keep up the good work !

    • Georgene- Our yard gets coyotes, too, but we still have chickens! Right now I’m reading a poultry book from 1919. The author writes about orchard/chicken farms – the chickens browse under the trees, get plenty to eat and reduce orchard pests. There’s a photo of a flock of hens in a prune orchard.

  5. Georgene, don’t let the fact that you have predators keep you from getting chickens, if that were the case then noone would have them. I have fox, coyote, racoon and possum (probably additionial critters) that roam the night in my neck of the woods and several different species of birds of prey that soar in the sky during the day.
    A little precaution is all that is needed. A secure coop for the night and a covered run during the day. My run is covered in deer netting that is inexpensive around $10 for a 7 foot by 100 foot roll. It’s very light weight so it’s easy to work with can be fastened to the fencing with zip ties. It’s light weight also makes it almost invisible.
    Terry, I had a aunt (God rest her soul) that had orchard chickens, she had numerous varieties of fruit trees and more then I could estimate. She sold fruit at the local farmers market as well as all her excess eggs either at the market during the season or customers who came to the door. The coop was smack dab in the middle of the orchard and the only fencing was around the orchard and it was electric fencing to keep the deer out but the chickens from what I remember never wondered out of the orchard. She always said her chickens paid for themselves and the egg money was a bonus, she had few pests and the chickens required little feed.

  6. I never liked Brussels Sprouts until I became pregnant. Then suddenly I was eating them obsessively… sliced in half, steamed, with butter and parmesan. mmmm.
    The day after I gave birth, I hated them again, and haven’t been able to eat them since.
    ….but I’d give ’em another go with your recipe, Terry!