Friday, April 1, 2011

Plant Protection for Nippy Springs

The Natural Gardner had wire cages wrapped in a frost protection material for an early start on plants that cannot take cold weather.  The material looked like this found at Gardener's Supply.

Any wire fence will do, but this is probably wire used when pouring concrete.

This is one type of clip which can probably be found wherever fencing materials are sold.  Some cages had only one layer, others two and three layers.

In this instance bamboo polls were used with heavy clips.

Just thought I'd pass along some ideas for you  in the north country.   :D  In fact, I'm will have this fabric on hand next year when I plant the bare-root strawberries.  I only have to lose 40 plants to a hard freeze one time to learn what to do the next year!  Our planting guide said to do the bare-root strawberries in late January or early February.  The two-week hard freeze in February was unusual for us in Central Texas and I just didn't think to cover the strawberries.  Duh.

Until next time, God bless.


Donna said...

I tried to raise strawberries...once...Hahaaaa...
Hope yours make it! Next thing they'll need is shade! Guess you got some of the 90 degree weather yesterday as well...geeeez...

Rae said...

That is a great idea. We won't be free of frost until the middle of May and I am always looking for some way to cover my plants. I'll give this a try.

SquirrelQueen said...

Great idea Lynn. We had a 71 degree day yesterday but tonight it's going down to right at freezing. Something like that would be very handy here too.

The Japanese Redneck said...

I planted a few bare root strawberries, but they didn't look like they were going to make it.

So, I bought a few bigger plants.