Beat the Frost with Vertical Gardening


frosted plants 

 Frost in the Garden

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Make smart use of your garden space by thinking vertically. Beat the frost in the fall for extra weeks of harvest. Use your garden footage to its best advantage. Cold air sinks, so frost settles first in the lowest areas of your garden. Ground frost does not translate to frost even a foot or two higher in the garden.

Use Your Fences

Grow vining Italian summer squash such as Zuccino Rampicante on your garden fences and harvest the hanging fruits into late fall. I brought my last zucchini in this year on November 8th even though we had a heavy frost each night for the week prior.

Plant fall peas on another fence for a spring-like harvest after the weather has turned quite cold. Cover the roots of all vegetables grown this way with some loose straw to keep them warm.

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