Winter frost in our ‘sub-tropical’ climate!

Winter frost in our ‘sub-tropical’ climate!

Frost in Auckland – July 2015 – when the water pipes freeze, thermometer shows less than 0oC;  leaves are  decorated with ice crystals – beauty is there even in weather we are not used to!The 'bright lights' silverbeet, leaves are etched in frosting.The ‘bright lights’ silverbeet, leaves are etched in frosting

The lettuce leaves are etched in frosting.
The lettuce, parsley and rocket leaves are etched in frosting.
The letterbox is decorated with ice crystals - beauty is there even in the weather we are not used to!
The letterbox is decorated with ice crystals
The yacons shriveled and wait until next season to grow again - the tubers are really sweet with the frost.
The yacon leaves shriveled and the tubers underground wait until next season to grow again – the tubers are really sweet with the frost.

Frost sets back many pest species in a garden – chewing and sucking insects, etc.

The worms and soil beneficial life move down in the soil to more even temperatures and wait until spring to return – as do gardeners!

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