Iron Kettle Farm Welcomes Fall's Frost

By Erika Mahoney

October 8, 2012 Updated Oct 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM EDT

Candor, NY (WBNG Binghmaton) Fall -- it's the season for apple cider, pumpkin picking and mums, and it has already made quite the entrance this year.

Frost advisories in Tioga County are raising concerns about crop maintenance and growth.

But, Iron Kettle Farm Owner Skip Jackson says a few light frosts aren't something to worry about.

"A good, crisp day kind of really gets people in the mood for fall," said Jackson.

While there is no exact count, he says at least 2,000 people came through today, enjoying the farm and picking out pumpkins, pumpkins that can be damaged in seasonal frosts.

"They can take a light frost, but when it gets into the 20s, that's another story," he said.

One solution -- simply placing a plastic tarp over the pumpkins at night will help them stay strong, said Jackson.

Taking care of the newly bloomed mums is also part of the routine. This involves spraying the mums with a sprinkler at night.

"When water changes from a liquid to a solid, it produces a minute bit of heat," said Jackson. "There's only a half a degree you play with."

As fall turns to winter, and the weather gets colder and colder, Jackson said there is more care ahead.

"As far as the farm goes, we will plant rye. And then cover the crops as they get harvested. Then the rye grows and takes up some of the nutrients."

It's a year-round cycle of care, for a perfect pumpkin patch.

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