How to Prepare Your Garden Against Frost

| 12/6/2018 3:38:00 PM

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Preparing the garden for the colder months ahead helps keep overwintering plants and your soil in prime condition.

Cover soil with a 1-2-inch-thick layer of organic matter such as well-rotted manure or compost before it gets too cold. It will keep soil life fed while protecting the soil itself from erosion caused by winter weather.

Protect Plants

Store clean row covers rolled up somewhere dry and off the ground, ready to throw over winter salads and other vegetables when frost threatens.

Cold frames can be simply made with a wooden frame and a hinged lid made of glass or polycarbonate, or create a low tunnel using lengths of PVC water pipe. Flex them into hoops and connect them with a central ridge of water pipe at the top. Slide them onto lengths of rebar hammered into the soil for stability.

Clear plastic bottles cut in half are a good way to protect individual small plants, either outdoors or as additional insulation within a greenhouse or hoop house.

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