Happy New Year! Now Cover Up!

Happy New Year to everyone.  Hope you had a great New Year’s celebration.   While I was out enjoying my New Year’s eve last night, in the dark with Tom Cruise (don’t ask…), my garden was slowly slipping into hypothermia.  Yep it got cold last night and I didn’t cover anything.

For Phoenix, that's c-c-cold!

For Phoenix, that’s c-c-cold!

36* degrees may not seem like much, but that translates into an easy 32* or lower in some micro-climates around my garden.  My plants felt it too.

Zucchini finally getting smacked around this winter.

Zucchini finally getting smacked around this winter.

The lens isn't cracked, that's ice!

The lens isn’t cracked, that’s ice!

And it’s going to stay cold for a few so time to cover up. But you don’t have to a whole big elaborate thing to help your plants survive the frost.  Here is my quick and simple double-layer method.

Photo Jan 01, 4 32 34 PM

Even if you don’t have frost cover material, this works great even using sheets or other fabric.  It keeps your plant insulated AND keeps the frost away from the plant.

Here’s what it looks like for my bell pepper plant (that is still producing):

Bell Pepper getting through the cold.

Bell Pepper getting through the cold.

Installing a bamboo stake for support of the fabric.

Installing a bamboo stake for support of the fabric.

Wrap the plant snuggly with fabric cover.  Tuck all around plant.

Layer #1, tuck around the plant snuggly.

Layer #2 just drape over the plant lightly.

Layer #2 just drape over the plant lightly.

Lastly, secure the frost cover so it doesn't blow away.

Lastly, secure the frost cover so it doesn’t blow away.

If you’re covering a larger area, just add stakes (1 or 2) on plants that may collapse under the weight of the frost cover fabric.  Then, cover the area with Layer #1 and tuck it around plants as you can.  Then, drape Layer #2 over it all and anchor it down.

It’s easier than making your bed!  (depending on how many beds you need to make.)

Happy New Year of growing!

About Vynnie McDaniels

Better Living Through Gardening
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