According to the weather forecast, there is a good chance the temperatures will drop below freezing sometime Monday night or early Tuesday morning. The good news, it doesn’t appear that the cold will stay with us for long. Here are a few tips to get your plants through it.
Vegetable or Flower Beds
If you recently planted your vegetable garden or your annuals in a flower bed, there are a few things you can do to help protect these little plants. First of all, make sure your seedlings are well watered. If you are worried, you can cover your beds or planted areas with light weight sheets or a Harvest Guard floating row cover (a product designed to trap heat and moisture and protect against frost). Do not cover your plants with plastic. Plastic holds in the cold.
We have had pretty good winds lately. Wind drys plants out fast. Make sure your containers are well watered. If you can move them, bring them to a protected spot against your house on an east or south facing wall. Again, you can cover them with light weight sheets.
If your flowering shrubs have buds on them, you can help to protect them by misting them with a bottle or hose right before the temperature drops. Again, if possible, cover them with a light weight sheet.