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  • FROST IN THE GARDEN

    Posted on October 13th, 2010 Pam No comments

    Where I live, it has frozen once in June, four times in September and it will freeze four times this week.
    I thought I might give out a few pointers about preventing frost in your garden, so you can extend the harvesting season.

    1. Water your plants the day you are expecting a frost. The water makes the plants hydrated and will hold up better against a frost.
    2. Cover with a heavy blanket. Cover all around the plant, all the way to the ground. If there is space between the blanket and the ground, the frost can get under the blanket and damage the plant.
    3. Turn a large water sprinkler on. The trick to this is to turn the water on at around 3:00 am and don’t turn the water off until around 10:00 am or 11:00 am. The plant needs to warm up before you turn the water off. (For example, today at 11:00 am there was still ice on my pepper leaves, because they were in the shade. So I waited until after 12:00 pm before turning the water off.) I totally saved my garden five times this year by sprinkling it. (THANKS MISSY FOR HELPING !!!!!!)
    4. There is also a product to spray on plants to prevent frost. One product is called ‘Cloud Cover’. It protects plants from 2 to 8 degrees. Most products like this will protect for 30 days, so it is long lasting.
    5. Also, you can mulch your plants.
    6. If your plants are under trees or bushes, sometimes they will be protected.
    7. My Father used an old method called a ‘smudge pot’. He used a container of old used oil that was on legs about one foot tall, put a cover over it with a chimney and burned it at dusk. It would burn most of the night. It is a method used to help warm the air so blossoms on trees would not freeze.
    8. Some fruit farmers use large fans to circulate the air. Moving air will not allow the plants to freeze. Some areas freeze more that others because their garden is in a low spot. The cold air migrates to this low area, then stays there all night and freezes.
    9. If you wake up early in the morning and discover it has frozen, you can spray off some of the frost with a blast of water. I remember getting up at 5:00 am to help my Father spray apple tree blossoms, with some success.
    10. The best prevention against frost is to pick all fruit, vegetables and flowers the evening before the frost. Then you are sure that what is harvested will be safe inside.

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