It’s the beginning of November – the time of the year where the first frosts are just around the corner.

If you’ve worked hard on your garden this year, you may well be worrying as to what the winter has in store for you and your plants. If you want to know how to protect your garden from first frosts (and all the others to follow), then today’s blog article is just for you.

 

Tender Plants

Tender plants and shrubs need to be overwintered indoors. If you’ve planned out your garden with ease in mind, you are likely to have planted any tender varieties in containers – smart move. In this case, all you need to do is pop them in the shed or in a very sheltered area.

 

If your tender plants are planted in the ground, you may need to lift them depending on what they are. Check back with your planting instructions, or have a quick google (if you know the variety) to work out what’s best.

 

Covering

Some plants can stay outside if they have the right covering. You can use almost anything to cover but keep in mind that the lighter the better. Something like an old sheet or sacking would be ideal. Covering really protects plants if you remember to cover them at night, and uncover come the morning – this way the plant gets everything it can from the weaker winter sun during the day when it’s warmer.

 

Mulching

Another way to protect your tender plants is to give them a good mulch before the temperature really drops. Mulching works like a good duvet – it traps heat and keeps the ground moist. Most plants cope really well with a good heavy layer of mulch but some can’t stand the weight. Make sure you work out which category your particular specimen falls in to.

 

Cold Frames

Cold frames are brilliant. They’re portable, do a great job, and look pretty lovely too – especially the ones we have in stock. Most often used to harden off seedlings in early spring, cold frames can also be used as covers for tender plants. Most types have the added advantage of a prop to open the window as well.

 

A Word of Warning

Be careful with watering when you know a frost is on its way. If you manage to get your watering schedule right, giving your plants a modest water a day or two before frost is expected is actually a great way to keep your plants warm. Wet soil holds its heat far better than dry. However, over water and you run the risk of causing some real damage as the unabsorbed water frosts as well.

 

This weekend is a great time to get out there and protect your tender plants from the first winter frosts!