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Spring Planting

How to Protect Your Plants from the Cold

Its Spring and some of us are eager to get outside and start planting! However, if you live in a place with unpredictable weather, there could be some frosts intermixed that may destroy your crop. Here are ways to prevent your plants from freezing over.

Know Your Plants

The best plants to put outside in the spring are those plants we refer to as “cold weather plants.” They typically are leafy green plants. Here is a list of common cold weather plants that are better suited for a spring climate.

  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Bok choy
  • Cabbage
  • Collards
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Cilantro/ Coriander
  • Fennel
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard greens
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Spinach

http://www.sunset.com/garden/garden-basics/cool-season-crops-0

Tuck Them In

Plants like to be tucked in just like us! Especially during those nights where temperatures can drop drastically. Applying a simple sheet or drop cloth over your plants can help protect them from frost and retain some heat. You may need to put steaks into the ground our use hoops to create a tent-like effect so you don’t flatten your plants. Remember to anchor your cover around the edges so it doesn’t blow away and so less cold air from the outside can seep in.

A Little Water

Wet soil can retain heat better than dry soil. When transpiration happens, water is evaporated from the plant’s leaves and this evaporated water can help retain some heat if the plants are covered.

Natural Insulator

Applying a layer of mulch around your plants can help the soil temperature remain more constant and lose heat slower.

A Slow Progression

If you are moving seedlings from inside to outside, it is safest to take it in steps. The temperature and amount of light that is outdoors can be a drastic change for some plants and cause them to go into shock. To prevent this, you can place your plants in the shade outside for a few hours a day.

http://www.wikihow.com/Protect-Plants-from-the-Cold

Thanks for reading. And as always, happy planting!

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