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Protect Your Plants NOW – Frost Advisory Issued

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Oct 042019
 

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The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory for our area from midnight to 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

Temperatures are expected to be falling into the mid and upper 30s which will result in frost formation.

Frost could harm sensitive outdoor vegetation if left uncovered.

If you have any potted plants that you can bring indoors any time between now and midnight, do so as soon as possible. If not, bring out the blankets and cover any valued plants, such as tomatoes, garden flowers, herbs or anything you would like to keep from being ruined in extremely cold temperatures.

Get off the computer and go fetch your plants! Hurry!

I’ll be covering my moonflower and cypress vines. Today, I picked my larger tomatoes and put them in paper bags to ripen, why let them go to waste?

 

Uh Oh, Cover Your Plants, Frost Advisory In Effect

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Apr 282019
 

Did the stretch of nice weather fool you? Did you get a few plants into the ground thinking it was safe?

Well, if you did, here’s some potentially bad news for you.

The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory for 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday, April 29.

Low temperatures will range from 32 to 36 degrees late tonight into early Monday morning.

Frost could harm sensitive outdoor vegetation. When the air temperature reaches the freezing point, water inside plant cells begins to turn into shards of ice that cut open the cell walls and destroy plant tissue.

So, if you did some early planting, do those plants a favor and protect them by covering them up when you notice the temperature starting to drop.

You can use any of the following items during this advisory period.

  • Cloth, such as bed sheets, pillowcases, lightweight blankets, tablecloths, towels, or commercial plant covers
  • Plastic material, such as tarps, plastic sheeting, garbage bags
  • Other rigid items, such as a glass dome cloche, glass jar, plastic jug or bottle, bucket, cardboard box, garbage can, or terra cotta pot
  • Garden stakes, U-shaped wire pins, bricks, or rocks to prevent wind from moving cloth or plastic coverings

    Good Luck!