Pre- and Post-Frost Garden Tasks

| 11/3/2014 10:24:00 AM

Tags: frost, gardening tips, Melodie Metje, Ohio,

Fall garden

Jack Frost is a callin’. With frost comes the end of the signature summer vegetables like basil, tomatoes, peppers, and summer squash. You don’t have to worry about your cold crops like spinach, kale, cabbage, broccoli or lettuce; frost just makes them sweeter.

To prolong the season for your potted plants, move them to a sunny spot and place close to a wall. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and herbs will also do well indoors. They are actually perennials in warmer climes. Our cayenne pepper plant thrived indoors in the winter and took off running the next spring.

For all plants, you can use plant covers to protect them overnight from frost to extend the summer veggie season a little further. These can be in the form of plant fabric covers (don’t use plastic), cloches, or a sheet.

For potted plants, place them in a sunny south facing area. Up against a wall is ideal as the wall will absorb heat during the day to keep the plant warm overnight. We gather our pots of greens together and put under a portable greenhouse so we get greens all winter long.

If you have the space, you can surround your pots with straw bales to add an extra layer of protection. You can cover with a hoop house to make a mini green house.

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