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"How to Safeguard Your Garden: Protecting Your Plants from Frost"

Gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts understand that Spring Fever is a very real condition. As the temperatures warm and the days become longer, it can be difficult to resist the urge to get your hands in the soil and start gardening.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, Billings' average last frost date is May 15th. Choosing to plant before this date is risky and gardeners should take extra care to watch the forecast, particularly the overnight low temperatures. Many varieties of flowers and vegetables are not cold hardy and can be damaged easily in low temperatures. Depending on the severity of the frost, many plants may not be able to be revived.

If you choose to plant early, there are steps you can take to protect your crops.

  1. Avoid planting directly in the soil if possible. Keep your plants in your home or garage at night and bring them out in the day time until the overnight temperatures are consistently at least 40 degrees.

  2. Protect already planted flowers with crop covers or sheets when overnight temperatures may approach freezing.

  3. If you do wake up to frosted plants, spray them with water before the frost thaws to help prevent damage.

Taking the necessary steps to protect your plants now will save you from having to replant later.



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