As the days of early spring grow warmer, we are beginning to see new plant growth peeking through the mulch. More often than not, those first much-enjoyed warm days will be interrupted by a few season-transitioning frosty nights. And unfortunately, a dip in temperature will put your tender new growth in jeopardy!!
However, here are a few tips that will help protect from any sharp spells.
- Protecting plant with bucket
Save old pots and plastic containers – they’re great for protecting plants on frosty nights.
- Sheet over plants
Old bed linens come in handy for covering up plants and protecting them from frost.
- Remove protection
Don’t forget to remove your plant protection in the morning when the sun hits.
Luckily, protecting plants from cold damage can be accomplished in a variety of quick and easy ways. The key is to have your plants covered during the hours when frost develops. This critical period is from late night to early morning, when moisture on the plants can freeze. If a plant is damaged by frost, it will be noticeable within a few days. The plant growth will turn black, drop off or turn into “mush.”
You can of course play the waiting game…. But many gardeners consider the bragging rights to growing that first tomato down the allotment enough incentive to plant early and cover if needed. Plus, waiting can be hard – especially when it’s unseasonably warm in early spring as it has been this year and we all get planting fever! Many of our existing perennials will also pop up and may need some protection.
So if you’re like me and always anxious to plant in early spring, it’s nice to know that we can protect our plants with a little effort and still have that thriving spring garden!