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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Watering For Frost Tootsie Tip #9 Saving your Annuals

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my garden containers 2005
It is that time of year again in my neck of the woods. Fall is coming.
Yes the frost is threatening to damage or destroy my gardens once again. Last night we had a frost warning. This is not the first for us this year. Yes- you read that right...not the first one. The first was in the beginning of July! How crazy is that?
This is a post I I try to share each year, as there are always people who don’t know about the ways we can avoid frost killing our gardens sooner than later! I have so many new followers that love and care for their gardens, that I thought I'd offer this little tip to you once again.
For years I have known of a little secret that an old gardening friend once told me. And for years I was suspicious of the effectiveness of it, yet did it anyways. It seemed to work, but I just considered myself lucky. My friend told me, that if I was to make my flowers wet late in the evening, or in the wee hours of the morning before the frost fell, that the water would insulate my plants and that the frost would be less likely to harm them.

I would put on my warm clothes and quietly head out in the dark, wet all the leaves and flowers down, and sneak back inside to the warmth of my house. Later in the morning, I would go out and see if the water trick had worked...and lucky for me...it did. Still, I was not convinced.
In order to answer my burning question of whether or not I was wasting my time or making myself look like a lunatic for nothing- I asked a Master gardener friend. This is his response to me:
"The spray with water for frost protection is true. As water turns to ice it loses energy in the form of heat and this keeps the temp around the plants warmer. Orchards often spray their trees with water if frost threatens crops.If you have any plants that are very sensitive to cool temps like begonias, I would still cover them. Lois Hole always used to say that just making sure the plants were well watered was enough in her experience. "
What a relief it was to learn that I was not outside looking like a raving lunatic for nothing!
So...the moral of this story is...water for frost, and try not to spook the neighbors...they will not only think you are insane, but they may just call the cops on you!
Thanks for stopping by today...I hope you are all getting ready to link in for Fertilizer Friday and will Flaunt Your Flowers with me!
*)*)*) to my sweetheart three!!! Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending!

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