With 80 degree temperatures in March and nighttime lows feeling like our average daytime highs, it certainly felt like the warmth was here to stay. More than a few people may have taken advantage of the early spring and got things like vegetables and bulbs in the ground a few weeks early. However, this week is calling for frost and freeze warnings which kill many seasonal plants. If you're kicking yourself for putting your buds in danger and can't move them inside, here are a few things you can try to protect them through these chilly nights.
- Use burlap or bedsheets to cover the plants. If needed, use stakes or wire to keep the weight of the material from damaging delicate sprouts. Be sure to uncover them when the sun comes up, otherwise they could suffocate.
- Avoid using plastic material to cover plants. They still need to be able to breathe.
- Believe it or not, watering your plants before you go to bed could protect them from getting frosty. Water retains heat more efficiently than air, so the moisture will keep plants warmer.
Most perennial plants will return for the next season if they suffer damage from frost this season. The good news is that it's still early, so if seedlings or new blooms perish in these freezing temperatures now there is still penty of time to replant.