Make sure to cover your plants tomorrow!

Jan 31, 2011

If you're in North Texas, we'll be hitting 14 degrees Tuesday evening and won't come up above freezing until Friday. Tomorrow, you'll want to cover any of your vegetables, annual flowers and new plantings through Thursday, with frost cloth. That will give you 4-6 degrees of protection, which is all you really need. You can use a second layer of frost cloth to get you a few more degrees of protection!

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Jan 31, 2011
4:44 pm

I just put some seeds in the ground on Saturday. Sweet peas, lettuce, chard, and squash.  Should I be worried?

Leslie Finical Halleck
Jan 31, 2011
4:50 pm

Hi Stuart, You should probably cover with a sheet of frost cloth, especially if the seeds have already started to germinate. It’s too early to plant squash seed in our area as they will not tolerate freezing temps. Squash seeds will not germinate until soil temps have warmed up, usually at the end of March or early April.

I always keep a backup of frost cloth on hand for my vegetable garden. Because we get long periods of mild weather, interrupted by extreme temperatures, you always want to be ready to protect plants that are already developing.

Jan 31, 2011
6:00 pm

Thanks for your suggestions!

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