How to Protect Your Plants from Frost
If we have a prolonged period of freezing temperatures, your plants may be in trouble no matter what you do. However, if it’s just a day or two, with a bit of protection your plants should be able to come through just fine. The best thing to do is place some kind of barrier over your plants to keep cold air, wind, and frost out of them. Some ideas:
- Plastic milk jug with the bottom cut out off and placed over individual plants
- Old-fashioned garden cloches
- A cold frame placed over part of a bed
- A low tunnel covered in plastic
- A plastic tarp, set over stakes to lift it off of the plants
- A floating row cover (best for when there’s just a chance of light frost)
- A sheet or blanket (again, this is a good option for a light frost, not for snow or really frigid weather)
- A drink cooler, overturned over a few plants. Remove it as soon as possible to ensure that your plants get enough light.
- A cardboard box. Depending on the size this can cover several plants. Remove the box as soon as possible to let your plants get the light they need.
These ideas will help because they use items that most of us have around the house. We might not all have a cold frame, but chances are good that we can come up with a milk jug or cardboard box if we really need one. Keep these ideas in mind, and you’ll be able to save your garden from those annoying late spring frosts that are a common part of gardening in Colorado.