If you are into gardening you have to take adequate care of your plants. Every season has certain requirements you have to meet, if you want to ensure that your plants remain healthy and provide you with fresh produce.
With the warm weather coming to an end and cold months approaching fast, it pays to prepare your plants adequately. Surviving the cold is not an easy task for them, so you have to make sure you provide some help in that regard. There are certain steps you can take in that direction, if you want to ensure that you gardening efforts are successful:
Add mulch – mulch can help insulate your plants, either from hot or cold weather. It is an excellent method of ensuring that plants hold enough heat and moisture in the cold, which are two factors needed to preserve the root system. Often it is not the cold that damages plants, but the freeze/thaw cycle that takes place. Mulch made of wheat or pine straw can prevent such problems.
Take potted plants inside your home – this is rather simple solution you can implement, which works great in protecting your plants from the cold. If you have no space available, you can utilize the garage. Undoubtedly, the best solution would be to place your plants around your home as decoration, preferably near windows so that they receive adequate sunlight.
Cold frame or greenhouse – you may be no gardening expert, but you should be able to build a temporary simple cold frame. Bend metal rods and stick them in the ground, forming loops. Enclose the area with clear plastic and you have yourself a cold frame that will trap heat inside and keep the frost out.
Cover the plants – you can protect tender plants by throwing an old blanket, tarp or drop cloth over them. This is a rather temporary solution, which you can use for a small number of cold nights for example. Be careful in spreading the cover you have chosen so that it doesn’t touch the branches and leaves of the plant. Add stakes to prop the material up.
Thoroughly water the plants before a cold night – soil traps heat better when it is wet than when it is dry. You have to be careful when you expect a hard freeze, as that could put your gardening efforts in danger. Never water frozen soil, as that would make conditions for the plant worse.
Get a heat source – if you are worried that your plants might not make it through the cold weather, you can introduce a heat source. Possible solutions include a 100 watt light bulb or Christmas lights. They are not that hot, but they can certainly increase plant temperature. Still, avoid putting the heat source in direct contact with plants, but rather move it slightly away. A heat source is best used with an enclosure of some sort, such as a greenhouse or a cold frame.
Protecting your plants in cold weather is a necessary aspect of garden care you have to keep in mind. Only by doing that can you ensure that your plants can overcome the climate challenges they are faced with and that they thrive again in the spring.
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