Tips to protect your plants from possible frost

Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 --- 8:25pm

It was a brutal winter and the spring, so far, hasn't been much better. Avid and casual gardeners alike are itching to get planting, but with the colder weather we've experienced lately, when is a good time to start digging? And if you've already started planted, what should you do to protect your plants from potential frost?

NBC 15 headed to The Bruce Company in Middleton to get expert advice.

Lisa Briggs shared with us some great tips to best protect your plants. “Our staff is scurrying around today, trying to put things away” says Briggs, referencing the colder weather expected to come our way overnight Friday.

Briggs says if you've planted any vegetables (i.e. tomatoes, basil, peppers) you'll want to bring them inside, if you can. They aren't favorable to temperatures below 50 degrees. The same goes for annuals, hanging baskets, and impatiens.

So what should you do if you've already planted one of these and can't take them inside? Briggs suggests using a light, breathable fabric to cover plants. If you're going to use towels or other heavier fabrics, then you'll want to make sure to keep the materials propped up with stakes, so your plants don't get smothered.

And the best advice: stay positive! The cold weather will eventually pass.

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