Cold weather and gardening

Snow and frost can be a problem for gardeners as it can damage plant growth and kill tender plants. Frost problems are often made worse where plants face the morning sun, as this causes them to defrost quickly, rupturing their cell walls. You can read more about the effects of the cold here in this great article I found on BBC gardening http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/weather_coldweather.shtml

Here are my top tips:

Use old leaves to cover soil and bulbs to stop it from freezing

Buy outdoor containers that are frost proof

Move pots into a sheltered area for protection, such as a shed or garage

Use pot feet to prevent waterlogging

Use black plastic to protect plants from the sun

Shake snow from branches and don’t walk on snow covered turf

 

 

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