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We tend to get some Frosts during the Spring so it is important to protect.


Protect Seedlings from Late Frosts those which are in the garden

Early spring plantings are vulnerable to hard frost, which can set in overnight.

If you expect a hard frost, cover seedlings overnight with anything you have on hand:

an overturned bucket or cardboard box (with a rock on top)

or large flowerpot, a garden cloche or a  cold frame.




I have already started early with Lavender but will start this week with other seeds

Plant Starters in Trays inside the home

Getting a head start on the season is important

if you’re planning to grow heat-loving vegetables from seed like

tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and basil.

Sow seeds into starter mix divided in trays.

Place in a sunny windowsill or under a grow light as soon as new shoots emerge.




What is frost?


Frost generally occurs on clear and calm nights,

where there are few to no clouds

to reflect warmth

back to the ground

and little to no wind to disperse warmer patches of air.


The cold air then settles down to the lowest point,

while the hot air rises up and away from the ground.



On these nights, frost can happen

even if the temperature on your thermometer

does not read below freezing.


As long as the air temperatures at ground level dip below 32°F, ice crystals can still form on plants.


This in turn disrupts the movement of fluids

within the plant,

depriving its tissues of water and drying it out.


This is why leaves damaged by frost shrivel up

and turn dark brown or black.


If left in freezing temperatures for long durations

of time without much protection,

plants can easily die from desiccation.



Note: Frost can also occur when there is wind, but it is a chilling wind that then brings in even colder air, making matters worse.

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