Protecting Plants From Frost – Family Plot

Protecting Plants From Frost – Family Plot


We’re out in the Family Plot garden with mister
Tom, we’re gonna talk about frost protection. So if the weatherman tells us it’s gonna be
a frost, how do we protect our plants? – Well, one of the things we can do is, one
of the things that commercial growers do, is they turn on the water, the sprinkling
system. The water coming out of the ground is gonna
be probably 50 degrees or more. Course you wanna leave it on all night, and
you do not water ’em in the morning. If you did get some frost damage, do not water
it, let the natural air start doing it up, if you water it, it just will cause more damage. But if it’s a clear sky, you can see stars,
it’s chilly, no wind, you got a probably good shot that you are gonna have frost. One of the best protections for frost is to
plant the crops at the right time of the season. Cool weather crops typically can handle a
light frost, not necessarily a hard freeze, but they can handle a light frost. You can also cover your plants, matter of
fact, if you go on the internet, the major products for frost protection is some type
of covering. There is a product out there, one or two of
’em, that you can spray it down, your plants with, and it will protect the plants down
to nine degrees below freezing. – Wow, really? – But water is number one, it works good. Also, your commercial growers, in orchards,
like when I lived in California, they used smudge pots, smoke, and also, big fans, ’cause
moving air will not get frost. That’s the reason why if the air is still
we get frost, if the air doesn’t have any kind of movement, you’re gonna get frost. And frost does more damage than the cold does. – So what’s another method that we can use? For the average homeowner. – For the average homeowner, like I said,
and of course sprinkling system only works if you’re close to a water source. Covering the plants up, milk jugs. – Milk jugs! – Milk jugs, they work too, if the plants
are small. – If they’re small. – If they’re small. And no matter what you use, be it covering
with cloth or whatever, or milk jugs, you wanna make sure that when the sun comes up,
you take ’em off, otherwise you could cook the plants. And also with these, of course, you wanna,
take the lid off. Also, when you cut the bottom off, this little
thing right here is kinda good for a little water tray when you cut it off. Like for example, the African violets, usually
water from the bottom. You can set ’em on this and water it, so you
don’t have really throw it away. But being recycling, once you get done with
these, make sure you recycle ’em, don’t throw ’em in the trash can. – [Chris] Find something to do with it, right. – But yeah, these things work okay. They also sell products like this, for doing
the same things as these milk just do, but the milk jugs are free. So why not use ’em? – Now how did you cut the bottom off? – Well that’s interesting, what I did was,
those cheap box cutters, disposable box cutters? That when it gets dull you just break off
that piece and the next piece comes sharp? Those just cut right through it, makes it
nice and easy. I’ve actually started with a little hacksaw,
just getting a start for it, but after that, it’s no problem, and I did cut these at two
different heights, you may notice. – [Chris] I did. – Okay. Everybody knows Chris is observant. – I’m payin’ attention. – Okay, and then set it like that. Again, next thing is covers of any sort. You really don’t wanna have ’em touch the
plants, ’cause the cold will go right through that. – So like a light sheet or cloth? – A sheet, you can get those from a dollar
store, those shower curtain liners? They’re 72 inches by 70 inches, and they’ll
cover a lot. And if you can think of some way to build
it. And also, since we’re talkin’ about frost,
we’re talkin’ about wintertime or spring, another good thing is grass clippings, leaves,
you just cover the plant up with ’em. And they’ll work, and then all you have to
do is just move ’em away off the plant and just leave ’em there, if you wanna use ’em
again. And you can also till ’em into the garden
later on, so they don’t go to waste. All my grass clippings and leaves do not go
to the compost pile, the don’t pass go, they go directly into the garden. – So you’re pretty much recycling those clippings? – Yeah, pretty much so, except when I spray,
like a pre-emergent and stuff like that, then I don’t harvest ’em for at least two weeks. But that’s even in the summer. When I do my clippings, right into the garden
as a mulch. It’s free, doesn’t end up in a landfill, so
why not. Plus if I fertilize it, it also fertilizes
the garden, too. – Right, good use. Real good use. Anything else that we would need to know about
covering our plants? – No I think that’s pretty much it, like I
said, the number one thing is water, sprinkling system. Keep it going all through the night, ’cause
you don’t want it to stop and then actually form ice so, it works. I don’t think the way the laws are now, I
doubt very seriously if they allow you to use smudge pots. – I don’t think so All right mister Tom we
appreciate that good information. – Okay, man and you have yourself a fantastic
day.

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