It doesn’t have to be an expensive process to protect your plants in a high frost zone. If your budget doesn’t stretch to frost cloths or garden blankets, here are some of our favourite low cost methods to protect your plants this winter:
Think of it as making a childhood cubby for your plants so they can have a cozy sleep. Garden stakes, sticks, boxes, flexible pipes and anything else that is handy can be used to hold the cover above the plants. Make sure the cover is above your plant, ideally not touching.
We have used drop cloths, old sheets and an old car cover on different occasions. For smaller areas, outdoor pot plants, seedlings etc an inverted bucket, large flower pot or plastic milk/soft drink container with the bottom cut out of it will suffice.
We suggest starting seedlings in little containers to start, using the warmth of the sun against a wall during the day to encourage them and then move indoors with a cover over them at night (the plastic milk or soft drink bottle cut to fit over the seedling works well). Make sure you acclimatise them before planting out by gradually exposing them to the outside for longer periods before planting out into the garden. Ideally plant your vegetables near walls, benches or other established plants to give them some added protection.
Some vegetables will grow better than others in frost. Frost resistant vegetables include: