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HELP!!! Frost is coming

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by thorny on April 26, 2006 02:39 AM
Please help,

I started my veggie garden early, taking a chance that the last frost had passed.

I was wrong.

A 30 degree F night is coming in 2 days and I have several veggies starting good outside. I have two, 14x4 raised bed gardens with radishes, tomatoes, onions, cabbage, carrots, brocolli, cauliflower and more.

How can I protect my plants from the coming frost? Or will I have to start over?

This is my first time growing more than tomatoes and I LOVE my garden.

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by Longy on April 26, 2006 02:59 AM
If you have an old bedsheet, piece of shadecloth, mosquito net etc, spread it over the seedlings and suspend it so it doesn't touch the plants. A taught wire each side using clothes pegs to hold a double bedsheet for example will do it. If the cover touches the plants, the cold will transfer thru but if held above it will keep the settling moisture from the leaves and prevent the frost on the plants. Maybe place a few twigs in the centre as once the weight of the dew sits on the sheet it will sag lower. Also, turn a plant pot, yoghurt container etc over individual plants to protect them. Good luck.

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by SpringFever on April 26, 2006 03:04 AM
Chop off the bottom og milk jugs..those work great..

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by weezie13 on April 26, 2006 03:36 AM
Even those cheap throw away left over containers
you can get in the stores in a pinch...
*acts like a mini~greenhouse too*

And Juice Jugs, with the bottoms cut off..

And even newspaper...

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by thorny on April 26, 2006 03:43 AM
Great!! Thank you so much. I think I will try the bed sheets and twigs idea. I can't drink enough milk to that many containers in 2 days. LOL

Thank you so much - a big help you all were. I think I will bookmark this gardening forum as it seems to be the best one I've found.

Which in turn means - I'll be back.

Thanks again.

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by SpringFever on April 26, 2006 03:49 AM
My hubby wants to move to connecticut ... [shocked]

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by peppereater on April 26, 2006 03:56 AM
Be sure to water well. The moisture in the soil will retain more heat than dry soil.

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by weezie13 on April 26, 2006 04:09 AM
quote:
Originally posted by thorny:
Thank you so much - a big help you all were. I think I will bookmark this gardening forum as it seems to be the best one I've found.

Which in turn means - I'll be back.

We are a very nice group, friendly, funny and we're really like a Cyber Family here...
Honest!!!

And we're very glad to have you come back,
again, and again!!! [wavey] [flower] [grin] [gabby] [muggs]

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by johnCT on April 26, 2006 07:19 AM
You always need to be prepared for frost here at least until Memorial Day.

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by weezie13 on April 26, 2006 07:29 AM
I don't even shoot to plant until that week~end,
not around here...
Heck, we got a freak snow storm on Mother's Day one year here, on May 8th!!! [shocked] [scaredy] [tears]

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by hjolicoeur on April 26, 2006 09:16 AM
I'm with you Weezie.... nothing in my veggie garden until Memorial Day weekend! Although I do have my kitchen sink planted with spinich, radishes and beets, but it is small enough that it can be covered easily if it is going to be cold.

The one problem with living in the northeast is that we can and sometimes DO have frosts in May.

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by DeepCreekLake on April 26, 2006 11:35 AM
You can even use newspapers to cover your plants. Fold them into cones, and staple it so it dosnt unwind, and set it on top of your plants!
by 'Sparagus on April 26, 2006 12:39 PM
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Be sure to water well. The moisture in the soil will retain more heat than dry soil.
Whoa! Im glad I just checked back here. I saw this thread earlier and covered my raised bed (carrots, radishes, peas, spinach and lettuce) with an old fitted sheet....that really worked great, wish I took a picture!

Anyway, I DIDNT water before I covered it cause I thought the wet soil would make things colder. I better get out there and water! The rain isnt here yet but it sure is getting chilly! [scaredy]

Karen [flower]
by Wrennie on April 27, 2006 01:54 AM
What happened to last weks warm nights? [Eek!] I'm glad a few people suggeste newspaper to cover plants. I did that last night not sure if it would work or not. Yay, I guessed right.

No veggies etc out till May 30 here. [tears]

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by weezie13 on April 27, 2006 02:49 AM
Well, I got a heavy frost last night too...
I only had peas in the garden..
*well, chives and rhubarb but they can take that*
but I had some zinnia seeds and cuke's started in the greenhouse... the zinnia's didn't like it,
and I probably have 8 left out of a whole flat...
and I'm waiting to see how the cukes react,
they looked okay, but could go either way...
UGH, I need a heater... [Eek!] [Eek!] [Eek!] [Eek!]

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