Saturday morning, portions of Johnson City, New York (near to where I live) experienced frost. At my house, it got down to an unexpected 35 degrees F (1.6 Celsius). We had not expected it to get that cold, never mind cold enough to get a frost.
But my guardian angel was watching over my garden, apparently, and my plants are still alive and not frost damaged - for now.
My spouse and I have been busy doing all our fall preparations and we should be nearly set - except for one thing.
|Paw Paws 9-21-14|
Our paw paws.
These are two of the three surviving plants we started from seed.
What are paw paws, anyway?
Paw paws are a native American fruit. They taste like a cross between bananas and mangoes. They grew wild in Arkansas, where we lived nearly 30 years ago, and that is where I first ate them. Last year, a Binghamton, NY resident brought some paw paws to Old Barn Hollow, a locavore store in Binghamton - I bought one, ate one for the first time in nearly 30 years, and saved the seeds.
Of the seeds, we got almost perfect germination although it took a long time - and only three plants are left.
They don't look as good as they did on September 21 - slugs or something else are eating the leaves. And, with the frost, these trees should go dormant. We shouldn't be ovewintering these indoors, and we have no where to plant these. We can't overwinter them in pots outdoors. They are marginally hardy in this area, and really need to be in the ground.
So, a dilemma.
What should I do to save my paw paws?
Do my gardening friends have any suggestions?