Cover-up Your Tender Plants

This upcoming Monday night its predicted to get down to 34 degrees. This means that the garden will probably see frost.  This is an advance warning for all of us that have (T) tender crops that are still producing.  Some of the tender crops are eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, beans, peas, cucumbers, squash, etc. Look on your planting guide for the complete list; these are the crops that NEED TO BE COVERED.

You can use old sheets, empty pot conimagetainers, or black  plastic or any frost protection cloth.  Old hula hoops with about a foot removed from the circle are a quick hoop. Stake whatever you use in some way so if its windy, you don’t lose your coverings.

If your plants are on the downside of production and you don’t want to save them then don’t worry about covering them.  It seems there are still a lot of green tomatoes still working towards ripening and we’d hate to lose them.  All of your lettuces, swiss chard, cabbages, broccoli, beets, carrots, kale, etc., will be fine; there is no need to cover them.

The link below is a “must read” for gardeners.  It lists the veggies that should be either home grown or bought organically.   We can send this list to you so you can plan to grow some of the ‘dirty dozen’ in your spring garden for the safest eating…kale being one of them!

http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php

Bundle up! ❄️

Nancy

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