Brrr it’s cold. The air is nipping back the greenery and the trees are changing from green to gold, orange and burgundy hues.
It is beautiful in spite of the cold.
Though we’d all like the temperatures to say warm, the reality is they are dropping as we head into the tail end of November, December and frigid January.
With the extended warm weather, no one told the plants and shrubs it was winter yet. Therefore, they and acting as if it is summer – growing new vines, sprouting crops and growing feverishly.
The hard part of an extended warmer fall is that we must choose which plants are protected and which ones we let go. Keeping your yard’s appearance and curb appeal is important and yet tricky during this season of change.
Let’s peek into your vegetable garden:
In my opinion, I always try to save the sweet potatoes, pumpkins, kale, boy cos, lettuce and peas because they are still growing.
Beans, melon and zucchini are pretty much done.
Frost protection consideration
Success in frost protection comes when you try not to touch the plant but ensure it is covered all the way to the ground – kind of like a tent. Cloth works for frost but never for cold rain or snow. Plastic is always best as we move into the moisture season but keeping it from touching your plants is vital, as it conducts cold temperatures.
Best practices say cover them in the evening and then remove the covering in the morning so the soil can get warm again in the daylight.
Here is a really cool thing you can purchase for seasonal vegetable gardens – a grow tunnel. This is a great $20 investment!
Happy Fall/Soon Coming Winter!
All my best,
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