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Last Frost

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According to PlantMaps.com, the average last frost date for Redding, California, is anywhere between March 1 and March 31, depending on your exact location. Go to http://www.plantmaps.com/index.php to find a ton of helpful gardening information for the US.

Below is actual weather data for my area, taken from two different sources. Both sources happen to be in the same zone 9a, according to the USDA Hardiness Scale, which has the average last frost between March 11 and March 20. Keep in mind that the "average last frost date" means that there is a 50% chance that the last frost will actually occur AFTER this date, in other words, it's potentially only 50% right. As you can see from 2011 and 2013 data, our actual last frost was 6 and 2 days after the predicted March 20th.

Redding Municipal Aiport Data (96002) West Redding Data (96001)
 

2007

2008

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 (as of 4/23/13)
Last Hard Frost
no data
Feb 4
Feb 10
Mar 10
Feb 27
Mar 2
Mar 22
Last Soft Frost
Mar 1
Apr 24
Apr 15
Apr 6
Mar 28
Apr 4
Mar 8
Spring Nights Below 45 deg

10 Nights in April:

  • 4/2, 4/3
  • 4/5
  • 4/10
  • 4/12, 4/13
  • 4/18-4/20
  • 4/23

Missing Data for May

20 Nights in April:

  • 4/1-4/10
  • 4/12
  • 4/15
  • 4/17
  • 4/19-4/21
  • 4/23-4/25
  • 4/30

0 Nights in May

15 Nights in April:

  • 4/2-4/7
  • 4/11, 4/12
  • 4/14-4/17
  • 4/25-4/27

0 Nights in May

17 Nights in April:

  • 4/1-4/6
  • 4/8
  • 4/10
  • 4/14-4/15
  • 4/18
  • 4/23
  • 4/26-4/30

7 Nights in May:

  • 5/7
  • 5/10, 5/11
  • 5/20-5/23

16 Nights in April:

  • 4/2-4/4
  • 4/7-4/10
  • 4/13, 4/14
  • 4/19
  • 4/21, 4/22
  • 4/26,4/27
  • 4/29, 4/30

12 Nights in May:

  • 5/1, 5/2
  • 5/9, 5/10
  • 5/15-5/19
  • 5/26
  • 5/28, 5/29

2 Nights in June:

  • 6/2, 6/3

17 Nights in April:

  • 4/1-4/15
  • 4/17
  • 4/27

1 Night in May:

  • 5/26

2 Nights in June:

  • 6/5
  • 6/26

8 Nights in April (so far):

  • 4/2, 4/3
  • 4/8, 4/9
  • 4/15-4/18

Hard Frost: more than a few degrees under freezing (32 deg), for more than a few hours

Soft Frost: just barely under freezing

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 14:41
 

Cucumber Puree for Freezing

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Cucumbers coming out your ears? Can't even think of another batch of pickles or relish? How about overgrown cucumbers?

I just returned from vacation to find 8 pounds of overgrown cucumbers, so I found myself wondering what I could make that would make the thicker skin and large seeds not a problem. The only thing I could think of was pureeing or processing to a fine chop - and what does finely chopped pickles go into? Tzatziki sauce!! ...and perhaps Cucumber Bread?!? Don't know how well this will work, but I'm going to try freezing the finely chopped cucumbers for use in recipes during cucumber's off-season. Since most of the recipes I found use 2 cups, which is exactly 1 pound of cucumber, I have frozen it in 2 cup portions.

Amazingly, the Diva cucumbers, even though they were huge, didn't have very large seeds and none of them were bitter. I think the weather had a large part to do with no bitterness, but the seed size is definitely attributable to the variety.

I will try to remember to post an update on how my frozen cucumber puree works in recipes later this year.

 

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