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Frost Warning!

>11 April 2012
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There was a time not too long ago, when I couldn’t care less if there was a frost warning in my area or not. Honestly, I didn’t even know weather channels issued frost warnings!

But now that I’m gardening, that kind of warning means serious business. A frost could kill any plants that are not frost tolerant. All of the hard work I put into nurturing my seedlings for months could be lost in a single night.

And so, this is what my garden looks like on the nights we get a frost warning. It’s a great way to repurpose 2 liter bottles and yogurt cups. Tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers all get covered. I also moved my lettuces indoors, and covered my fruit trees with row cover fabric, just in case.

Stuff like broccoli, cabbage, onions, turnips, parsnips, and garlic are all cold hardy, so they’ll be fine.

Hopefully these warm weather plants will be okay through the night. And I have to be sure to remove the covers in the morning, or else they’ll fry in the heat of the sun.

I’ll be glad when I don’t have to worry about a frost warning anymore!!

How do you protect your tender seedlings when there’s a danger of frost?

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  • Debbie@ouroldhomestead.blogspot.com said:

    I use the same tricks you do…the bottles, yogurt cups and I also use milk cartons! My garden isn’t even in yet…we can’t plant until the end of May when MOST frost warnings are over..not always but most of them. Even with all the work and worry of frost, the outcome of fresh veggies is sooo worth it! :o)

  • daisy said:

    Here’s hoping the frost passes you by!

  • Ellen Peavey said:

    I did the same thing as you did every bucket,milk jug,coffee can, 5 gallon bucket and plastic bags. They all survived it went down to 36 here in north east Georgia, I worried about the jack beans they had already started climbing the bamboo poles.

  • Libby@Everything's Coming Up Green said:

    Nice re-purposing!

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