Usually the first frost in the area misses my garden. I live in a warm area with lots of houses and blacktop. The area's first frost hits places more open and natural than our urban area. My first frost is usually the last week of October. But last night got down to 29F. Technically it wasn't a frost. I saw frost on not one plant, not rooftops, not cars. So no real frost (and no pretty photos). But since the temp was three degrees below freezing, it was cold and good enough to kill some plants. The basil is half black right now. I'm sure it will get blacker as it defrosts. The squash is all wilted. The beans are surprisingly OK. I felt their leaves. They don't seem to have any frozen spots. Even their few flowers look fine. Go beans. The morning glories that climb over my compost pile look ugly now. The zinnias look surprisingly fine.
I saw the frost warnings so Thursday I did a total clean out of the tender plants for harvestable fruit. I stripped the tomato plant of anything that might ripen and the ones that already were. I dumped the box in my townhouse mates kitchen. Hopefully they will ripen for them. I picked all the beans that were even close to large enough. And I stripped the zucchini of any fruit even small ones with open flowers. I didn't think anything was worth covering. The beans are almost played out. The tomato plant I'm happy enough to pull out. And I can't keep up with the zucchini anyway.
It is time to move on to fall crops. I have plenty of greens waiting to be picked. They are hardy and some will last through December even once the ground freezes in November. I'll pick most of the carrots to store soon. It looks like I might have a decent crop. Not as good as last year's maybe, but decent. And I've started eating my squash this week. I should eat one about every week from now on as I have enough for about five months if I eat them at that rate. I have tons of sweet potatoes. I've cured them and they are downstairs in the basement hopefully getting sweeter. I tried them last week and they are still too starchy. In a couple of weeks I'll try them again. I don't want to can the damaged ones until they are very sweet and tasty.