Here’s a great article from the Old Farmer’s Almanac on protecting your garden during autumn frosts.
IF FROSTY NIGHTS ARE FORECASTEDIf temperatures below 32 degrees F are predicted, protect your plants! A moderate freeze with temperatures in the 25- to 28-degree Fahrenheit range can be widely destructive to vegetation.Frost protection is especially important for tender plants such as geraniums, begonias, impatiens, peppers, and tomatoes.
Aside from planting cold-hardy vegetables (collards, kale… things in the cabbage family that can handle frost) what we do is throw old blankets and comforters over the tender plants for nights when potential frost is forecast. Not worrying that I am going to needlessly lose all my salad greens helps me sleep at night! It also saves us from putting up the cold frame too early, which we assemble and disassemble every winter.
I just ran out to the garden to take a pic and show you our lettuce and how it’s covered for the forecast frost. Here ya go.
Yes, we love our garden so much that sometimes we tuck it in at night.
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