Maxine Shriber Design
How to protect your garden from winter cold
Updated: Jan 23, 2019
You’ve worked hard all spring and summer to plant and grow the perfect garden. Your plants are thriving. Flowers are blooming. Your work has paid off. And then winter comes knocking at your door.
One of the biggest worries is that frost and cold weather will harm or kill your plants. Do not panic. There is still hope. With a few helpful steps, you can save your garden. Protection from the winter cold is possible if you keep some of these key tips in mind.
1. Cover your plants
Larger plants can be covered with fabric such as old bed sheets, burlap, or commercial frost cloths. Plastic should not be used. Fabric covers help to trap heat from the soil, so make sure your cover drapes to the ground. If and when the temperature rises above freezing, uncover the plants in the morning. Just remember to cover them when the temperature starts to drop again
2. Provide some extra protection for plants
Frost-tender plants, like most of the aromatics, should be put in containers and brought inside during cold weather. Take advantage of those that are not doing so well, dry them and make fragrance full bouquets for your kitchen.
3. Move plants indoors
Sometimes plants just aren’t meant to be kept outside during a freeze. Frost-tender plants, like most of the aromatics, should be put in containers and brought inside during cold weather. If you find that some of them aren’t doing so well, you can always dry them. These can make nice bouquets full of fragrance for your kitchen or bathroom area.
With a bit of work, you can keep your garden thriving even through the cold winter months. Be sure to protect your plants wisely. You will be able to make your garden a year-round success