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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Quick Ideas for Frost Protection of Plants in a Vegetable Garden

Quick Ideas for Frost Protection of Plants in a Vegetable Garden

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Well as the story goes... "What? Frost this time of year. Are you kidding me?" This is the time of the season where we have put out a lot of our plants, some warm weather plants, but mostly the cool weather crops. Luckily the cool weather crops can take a frost and the leaves can freeze. The problem is that we don't want their roots systems to freeze. And any frost damages the warm weather crops.

If we get a light frost, the cool weather plants survive. The leaves might get beat up and new ones may need to grow but the plant survives. Cool weather crop leaves can freeze and survive. The warm weather plants leaves can't do this and are destroyed if they freeze.

If the root system or area where the roots and stem meet, freeze out hard, the plant can die. So with a 25 degree night on the horizon... here are some tips that I will use to add some protection to my cold weather crops like kale, lettuces, broccoli, endives, beets and kohlrabi.

Good Luck with Your Garden,
Gary (The Rusted Garden)

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