This battling with the vagaries of weather is so frustrating. We had the first frost for the year 2 days ago. The vegetable garden went from hero to zero overnight. It looked like someone sprayed it with Agent Orange. So that ended it for the squash, pumpkins, eggplant, chilli, zukes, tomatoes, pineapple sage and cucumbers. The young grapevines hadn't lost their leaves yet and are frizzled. The young 4 foot fig trees leaves are fried. The pepino is 2/3 stuffed. The little citrus trees in the back yard had their new growth shrivelled. Lots of the vegies had only just got ramping up again after the horrid heat wave cooked everything in January. Not to mention beetle plagues. Talk about pull your hair out. Our latest frost comes in December. Talk about a short growing season. Getting small trees established is VERY difficult. They either get frozen or die of heat and dry conditions. Would building rock cairns in the garden and food forest help with the frost? What about car tyres around stuff like the pepino? Any ideas appreciated.