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04/21/2014

Hard Frost Protection
You can give tender plants some hard frost protection by covering garden beds with sheets of plastic or tarps that trap the heat radiated by the earth.


hard frost
A frost where both the air and the soil has dropped below freezing. Many plants can survive a light frost but cannot survive a hard frost.
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When temperatures fall below 28 Fahrenheit for a few hours. Tender plants may very well be killed by a hard frost, ...

1. Before hard frosts begin, hoe soil over beets, carrots, and other root crops to protect any exposed shoulders, but keep the green leaves uncovered to let the plants continue to grow and sweeten.

Harvest after a hard frost or in early spring before new growth starts. To harvest in spring, place a 3- to 5-inch soil mulch over the parsnips. Parsnips are not poisonous if harvested in early spring.
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After fall's first hard frost, you should cut back the entire plant to the ground. Some gardeners have a difficult time cutting their plants back so drastically. Don't worry though; you will have beautiful plants again in the spring.

To protect roses using soil, after the first hard frost mound soil around the base of the canes. To reduce wind whipping, either tie the canes together or cut the canes to a manageable length and mound soil 8 to 10 inches around the canes.

For a late fall harvest, plant seeds according to the date predicted for the first hard frost, which in most locations means 25 degrees or lower.

Plant crocus corms in fall, six to eight weeks before a hard frost is expected and when soils are below 60 degrees F. This is usually during September and October in the North, and October and November in the South.

To get started, punch holes in the tops and bottoms of your containers, fill them with moistened seed starting mix, and sow your seeds after there are several hard frosts.

Dahlias are tender plants, so in areas prone to hard frosts, it's advisable to dig up the plants and overwinter them in a dry, cool spot. Do this after the foliage has been blackened by frost in the autumn.

Day-neutral strawberries will continue to set and ripen fruit all summer long until a hard frost puts them into dormancy. Day-neutral refers to the light sensitivity of the variety.

Generally, after the first hard frost, the foliage of most perennials starts to die and wither. There are two philosophies on when to remove the dead foliage. One approach is to immediately remove the dead foliage.

nocturnum, 'Orange Peel' is a veritable living bouquet of pure orange blossoms that, in warmer climates, begin with the first mild days in spring and last until the first hard frost.

You can plant your garlic after your last hard freeze and it will even tolerate a hard frost unscathed. Once your garlic blooms it should be ready to dig up.

Plant corms as soon as danger of hard frost is past, spacing them 10 to 15 centimetres apart and a good 10 centimetres deep. Add a pinch of bone meal under each corm to speed root growth.

You can if you heavily mulch after the first hard frost in the fall (usually around the end of September). Cover your carrots with about 12 to 18 inches of dried tree leaves/straw mix.

They've been growing a long time and have been through several hard frosts. That makes them big, but lovely and sweet. The carrots have been growing since March and have reached a reasonable size.

Hard frosts do kill the leaves of this grass, which means only regions with mild winters generally see this grass grow all season long.

Dahlias will succumb to a hard frost. Dig up the tubers, and place them in a bed of dry sand. Store them in your cellar over the winter and replant them in the spring. You can mark the tubers with the flower color if desired.

The rule of thumb is to remove winter mulch in the spring, when all danger of a hard frost is past. That’s sometimes very hard to judge, as anyone who’s experienced an Easter snowstorm can attest.

Before hard frost, cover un-harvested carrots and beets with a 12-18″ layer of straw or leaves. (The shoulders of beets are susceptible to frost damage, so be sure to cover them before heavy frost). Lift back the mulch and harvest as needed.

To do this, simply wait until after a good hard frost (which kills the adult moths) and then (a) cut back all iris leaves to a couple of inches and (b) remove all dead leaves and stalks as well as any debris and mulch that's near the plants.

For transplants, start seeds 8 to 10 weeks before the last hard frost.

The time to cut back and discard all foliage is after a hard frost. In spite of their hardiness in freezing weather; growing close to the soil surface, iris rhizomes can heave during temperature fluctuations.

Broccoli can take much cooler weather than most annual vegetables, but feel free to cover your crop with a sheet or protective frost covering if you expect a hard frost. You should harvest the vegetable before the florets start blooming.

November is the month when the hard frosts and heavy rain usually arrive so it's important to grab whatever time you can on the plot in case you don't get another chance.
An allotment in November, soil turned over and lime applied
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After there have been a couple of hard frosts (but before temperatures drop to below 20 degrees (F)), cover the strawberry bed with 3" of mulch. Straw and hay make wonderful mulch for strawberries.

Many perennials grown in regions with extreme winters can be considered annuals because they will die back due to the hard frosts in the fall. We refer to these perennials as 'tender perennials.

In the fall, after several hard frosts when the ground is frozen, mulch with straw or chopped leaves 4-6' inches deep.
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The only universal rule is that, spring flowering bulbs must be planted before the first hard frost.

those of us without a cold frame or hoop house to protect plants from a hard frost). Just know that while it's not too late to plant now, your yields will not be as great as they will be for the gardeners who planted a few weeks ago.

Many gardeners don't like the fact the bigleaf hydrangeas look unkempt after the first hard frost. Their large, black leaves hang despondently, begging for you to cut them. Resist the urge! Their appearance will improve with leaf drop.

Geraniums are perennials that require special care in the winter because they cannot survive hard frosts. You can, however, overwinter your geraniums and replant them every spring.
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The tubers do not form till late summer to autumn so yields can be low if you get early hard frosts, unless you protect the plants. When freshly harvested the tubers have a pleasant acid-lemon flavour and can be eaten raw or cooked.

You need to sow your seeds or set out transplants six to eight weeks before the first hard frost in your area. Fall veggies can tolerate temperatures in the upper 20s.

The gourds should be harvested before chance of a a hard frost, with a few inches of stem left attached to the fruit. The gourds should be handled carefully, to avoid bruising or scratching the skin of the fruits.

The semi-hardy ones will be injured by a hard frost, but will grow in cool weather and not be harmed by a light frost.

Protect it on the first cool or light frost nights, but bring it indoors when hard frost is likely. Place the plant in a sunny, cool room. It needs 40- to 50-degree temperatures from Nov. 1 to Jan. 1.

In most parts of the country, it is best to inoculate your logs around the time of the last hard frost of the spring. However, growers in some areas have had good success with inoculating in the fall.

Combine with rosemary, lavender, cistus and other drought-tolerant plants. Cannot take hard frosts. Thread-like, silvery leaves radiate around branches topped with clusters of flowers that resemble yarrows.

The climate where the following pictures were taken is very moderate, so roses rarely go into a full dormancy or completely lose their leaves. These roses have, however, been through several hard frosts, are in a slow-growth mode, ...

Dry weather accelerates the process. For best results, choose early varieties, start plants in individual containers, and transplant after the hard frost in the spring. Late spring-seeded Chinese cabbage will also go to seed.

A Stromanthe would love to spend the summer on your porch, but be sure it's in the shade and not getting any direct sun. Bring it back inside before there is a chance of a hard frost.
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Brussels sprouts, also a member of the cabbage family, may not have enough time to mature if they are planted in July. However, they are very tolerant to frosts. If planted early enough to form small heads before frost, they will withstand hard ...

x 3', dark pink buds and bright, medium pink, cup shaped blossoms that fade to a lighter shade. As tough as it is beautiful any very black spot resistant. Thrives in humid climates and blooms non-stop from early spring until the first hard frost.

Cut back foliage When foliage turns brown (after a hard frost), cut it to the ground.
Stake tall varieties Add peony rings or guards to support tall varieties that flop.

If you live in a region where this occurs regularly in winter, lift canna rhizomes and winter store them. After a hard frost, the foliage of your cannas will die back. Cut the stems back to about six inches.

of hard freezes, mound soil or heavy mulch 1 foot over the base of plant to protect the graft union. Cut back long canes to 4 foot lengths and bind them together to prevent injury in the winter. Remove soil mounds after all danger of hard frost has ...

You do not need remove dead flower blooms, except for appearance. Marigolds are annuals and susceptible to frost. They may survive the first light frost with only a little damage. They will not survive a hard frost or freeze.

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04/21/2014

 
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