You aren’t the only one destined to feel the chill of the colder temperatures coming your way. Winter is coming (at the time of writing), and the plants you have growing outdoors on your homestead are also going to feel the effects of the colder climes. Without your loving care and attention, they might not survive the winter so you may need to protect your plants.
So, alongside your other homesteading chores, now is the time to take action. With the tips given below, your beautiful plants might just survive the arrival of Jack Frost and his icy fingertips.
Simple Ways To Protect Your Plants For Winter
#1: Place new plants in areas resistant to frost
If you’re a frequent gardener, you might still be in the process of planting new seeds and crops. Think carefully about what you buy, however, as some plants are more susceptible to the cold than others. Be sure to purchase those hardy perennials that can survive harsh winters. You will have then have less reason to fear over the coming months.
Still, no matter what plants you buy, you do need to place them in areas of your garden that are more resistant to frost. Bear in mind the fact that cold air always moves towards the lower ground. Create elevated areas in your garden to locate your seedlings and plants. Placing your plants near structures that absorb heat during the day, such as dark-colored fences, walls, and benches can also help, as they will radiate some level of heat during the night and will offer your plants some protection.
#2: Cover your plants before nightfall
You don’t need to buy anything too elaborate online or from your local garden center, as you probably have appropriate covering materials at home. As examples, you could stake down old sheets around your plants, or you could use inverted buckets, flower pots, milk jugs, or towels.
Be sure to cover your plants before dusk, however, as much of the heat from the ground will dissipate when the temperatures chill at nightfall, and your plants won’t be as insulated. And when staking down material coverings, ensure there are no gaps for the cold air to get in. Your plants might still be affected by the frost, otherwise.
#3: Bring your potted plants and planters inside
You shouldn’t keep your potted plants outside over the winter. They are at a higher risk of frost damage than the foliage you have planted in your garden. And they are more susceptible to root damage. So, put them in your greenhouse if you have one. Or bring them inside your home if you don’t. This is the best way to protect your plants.
If you do bring them inside your home, remember to place them near a light source for nutrition and growth purposes. Your window sills are the best place, of course, especially those that attract the most sunlight, although you could always use something akin to the Haus Bright grow light if no natural light is available.
So, don’t let Jack Frost cause damage to the plants you grow in your garden. While you can’t prevent the spreading ground chill, you can protect the plants that might best be affected by it. Follow our suggestions, and then look for more information online, as there is much more you will need to do to protect your garden during the winter months. Let us know if you have any suggestions for our readers too!