Deep Freeze Expected Sunday Night
~19°F (5/15-16): I'll use 2 layers of N'Sulate 1.5 oz Frost Protection Fabric (floating row-cover) over my newly emerging Bleeding Hearts, Siberian Rhubarb (the edible Rheum should be fine) and Salomon Seal, just in case. Be careful not to break the tender new growth - put stakes in the ground to keep the fabric above the plants. We're cutting loads of daffodils right now in case they freeze too deeply...
MOST plants in our gardens should be fine. Plants that come up on our schedule are pretty tolerant of our extreme temperature swings in spring. I'm a little concerned about the buds on my crabapples and I noticed the beautiful Mazzard cherry tree at the west end of downtown is about to bloom. If you've pulled tomatoes or basil or fuchsia into your garage for protection, be sure to move them away from the door.
We are turning off our irrigation again and draining the above-ground commercial valve, one more time. A string of incandescent Christmas lights under row cover over a planter box can save even tender plants.
Don't walk on your lawn on frosty mornings or you'll have black footprints when the sun comes out.
Posted on Sun, May 15, 2011
by Eric Larusson filed under