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What Is Light Frost: Information On The Effects Of Light Frost
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By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener ...


Many of our gardeners say that carrots taste sweetest in the fall after a light frost has touched them. Larry can't wait until fall so he plants several varieties. Some mature early and some later. He is rewarded with a continual harvest from mid July on through the fall.

A light frost will improve turnip flavor.
Turnips are cool weather plants and therefore are not good for summer-harvested crops - except in regions with cool-summer climates.
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If a light frost is predicted, cover your plants with a row cover or sheet. You can leave the row cover on during the day, but the sheet is too heavy and opaque, so remove and replace as needed.

A very light frost is usually no problem for succulent plants. A hard freeze, however, will freeze them solid. Outdoors, they can survive a frost if they have overhead protection. In freezing winter areas, bring you plants inside and put them in an area with lots of light.

Even a light frost can damage many warm-season plants. Whether you need to protect young plants from a late season spring frost or you want to extend the growing season… Read More
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After a light frost, cut tuberoses back to four to six (4 to 6) inches above the soil. Dig tubers carefully with a spade or spading fork, taking care not to damage the fleshy root system. Keep as much of the soil attached as possible. Allow soil to dry.

After a light frost nips their vines, harvest winter squash and pumpkins. Do this before a heavy frost damages the fruits. Cut from the vines leaving 3 to 4 inches of stem on the fruit.
Annual Flowers ...

After a couple of light frosts, water plants well and choose one of the following storage options: ...

They're freshly dug, can take light frost, and to bloom their first summer they must get growing again ASAP. If necessary, store in the fridge for 2-3 days or "heel in" briefly in moist sand or soil.
Iris like lots of sun.

Although it survives occasional light frosts, unfortunately it never forms the handsome clumps I admire much further south than Sydney.

Because broccoli requires cool temperatures and can even handle a light frost many gardeners start broccoli indoors to get a jump start on the growing season.

Once the seeds have germinated, the young plants will usually tolerate a light frost and temperatures down to about 25 degrees F. Half-hardy annuals can be started indoors six to eight weeks before transplanting, or planted right in the garden once the soil has begun to warm up.

Poinsettias are only hardy in USDA zones 10-12, but will tolerate a VERY light frost.

Expecting a light frost? Throw a sheet or light blanket over delicate crops. Be sure these covers are tied down somehow or they could end up in the neighbor's yard if it gets too breezy. Try some bricks or rocks on the edges to create an anchor.

Although many annuals, such as calendulas, geraniums, and sweet peas, can withstand a light frost, these tend to flower sporadically in all but the frost-free areas of the South and West.

Will withstand light frosts. This hedge makes and excellent screen plant, although can grow wide and bushy if not pruned. Any general purpose fertiliser will enhance growth considerably. Thrives on liquid fertilisers.

If you want to avoid losses caused by even a light frost, try this old method.
Locate north on your plot and dig a little soil away from the base of your broccoli plants on the north side.

Light frost is not damaging to pumpkins but they should be harvested before a hard freeze. To harvest, cut the fruit from the vine with pruners or loppers. Leave a long, intact portion of the stem attached. Avoid breaking the skin and bruising fruit when handling.

Most plants can survive a light frost if adequately mulched, but at the first sign of a heavy frost, harvest all the fruits, even the green ones. To continue enjoying fresh tomatoes, cut a few suckers from a healthy and preferably determinate plant and root them.

Lettuce seedlings will tolerate a light frost. Temperatures between 45 F and 65 F are ideal. Such conditions usually prevail in Ohio in spring and fall. Seeds of leaf lettuce are usually planted in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked.

When light frost threatens, cover the plants or lift the pots and bring them indoors. They often can be returned outdoors during periods of mild fall weather. When cold, freezing temperatures persist, bring the plants indoors to stay. Place them in a sunny south window.

Carrots are hardy and can tolerate light frost. Because of that, they can be sown several weeks prior to the last frost date if the soil is warm enough. The ideal soil temperature is around 72° F with germination in 6 to 14 days.

Parsnips taste sweetest after a light frost, so don't harvest too early. The leaves die down in winter, so you will need to mark the rows well so that roots are easily found. Dig up and eat as required; their taste will improve as the winter wears on.
Parsnips After a Light Frost
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frost - Tolerates only light frost. Hardy in Zones 9 and warmer.
Special characteristics:
deer resistant
non-aggressive
non-invasive
not native to North America - The Caribbean
fragrant - The flowers have a very unpleasant smell.
bears ornamental fruit - Berries
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Spinach plants are a hardy, cool weather plant that will withstand light frosts. Plant as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring. Spinach seeds are large enough to easily work with. Sow seeds 1/2" to 1" apart. Cover very lightly, 1/4" deep, with garden soil.

In fact, in some cases, a light frost actually improves crop flavor considerably without actually killing the plant. These crops should be grown during the spring and autumn when temperatures are cool and mild.

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. Tender plants are injured or may be killed by a light frost but can withstand cool weather, while the very tender are injured by cool weather.

Hardy annuals can survive cold temperatures and some light frost, while tender annuals cannot tolerate cold temperatures and should be planted only after there is no more danger of frost. Half-hardy annuals can tolerate some cold temperatures, but are usually killed by frost.

About 15 months after light frostbite hit this Mexican Fencepost (Pachycereus marginatus). The new growth since then is about 10 inches.
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Mustard greens like cool weather conditions and full sunlight, and light frosts don't trouble them. Plant thinly 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep in rows 5 - 20 inches apart from April through till August. Are some of the simplest leafy vegetable plants to grow as part of your backyard garden.

In fall, bring potted herbs indoors before frost. A light frost on some herbs, such as chives, mint and tarragon, wonąt be harmful. Fertilize lightly as you would houseplants, and trim as needed for use and to maintain an attractive appearance.
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If it's going to be a light frost, you can protect plants overnight by covering them with old sheets, row cover, burlap sacks or large boxes. It's usually worth the effort because the second frost is often two or three weeks after the first one (see Principles of Frost Protection).

Cool weather crops: Plants that can tolerate cooler temperatures and light frost.
Corm: Enlarged, fleshy base of a stem, bulb-like but not solid, in which food accumulates.
Cucurbit: Plants in the gourd family such as cucumbers, squash, pumpkins or melons ...

Others say it's because they are a cool weather crop-best in the early spring or late fall, when they just might be covered with light frost or even snow.

Snapdragons are somewhat tolerant to light frost, and they can be transplanted outdoors in early spring but keep mulch handy to cover the plants in case heavy frost occurs unexpectedly. Remove spent flower spikes to keep the plants blooming and to encourage bushiness.

Tomatoes are very sensitive to cold and cannot tolerate even a light frost.
Traditionally Memorial Day weekend is the safe date to plant outdoors.
The Wall of Water helps protect from frost with early plantings.

You can grow Camellias pretty much anywhere in Australia. They don't mind a light frost and most of them do need shade, particularly during the midday summer heat and they need protection from hot, drying winds.

The sunny days and cool, crisp nights are ideal growing conditions and, since cabbage can withstand some light frost, cabbage can be grown until fairly late in the growing season.

Endive is a cool season crop, growing best at 10-20oC, withstanding light frosts and performing much better than lettuces early in the season. Under cover in cool climates, endive can provide year-round salad greens. Bitterness increases with higher temperatures.

-- Water. If the fall has been especially dry, continue to water, paying special attention to new plantings. Even if there has been a light frost, plants still need adequate moisture. Otherwise, plants might become dehydrated and stressed by winter -- and more likely to die out by spring.

You can also plant cool-season edibles, such as lettuce, Swiss chard, carrots, beets, cauliflower and endive, as soon as your soil can be worked. They can also survive brief, light frosts.

The best position is light shade with occasional patches of sunlight. Although they'll cope with light frosts, the plants need good protection in cold areas.
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One last tip: when choosing a pot, pick something that won't crack after a light frost.
Sources: Sunset Magazine
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Though we tend to regard summer as the heyday for growing vegetables, cool-season crops in the spring and fall can be just as rewarding. The cool daytime temperatures and occasional light frost yield the sweetest, crispest, most flavorful vegetables around.

Harvest crops such as pumpkins, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and onions. Brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips, and other root crops can stay in the ground through light frosts.
Clean up plant debris in harvested beds. Mulch empty beds to protect the soil over winter.

HALF-HARDY - Just as the word depicts, not completely hardy. Good examples re pansies, snapdragons, sweet alyssum. They will tolerate some light frost and cold nights.
HALOPHYTE - Those plants that will tolerate salt in the soil. Mostly coastal plants in the dunes, or marshes.

The gardening zones in the United States help gardeners estimate the average frost date in the fall and the last frost date in the spring. Most spring garden vegetables can tolerate a light frost, but you may need to cover your plants with a cold frame, ...

Unusual yellow flowers emerge sporadically from the showy red cones, and if you can bear to pick them, they are edible. Although a tropical, this plant will bounce back after light frosts, and may even grow back from the roots after a hard freeze.

Coneflowers are a very hardy flower and will survive the first light frost. Cone- flowers reseed themselves and come back every year.
Suggest Varieties:
Purple - A sturdy perennial that will reseed itself.
White Swan - Pure white petals with an orange-brown disk.

See also: See also: What is the meaning of Light, Frost, Plant, Soil, Flower?

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