Low predicted at 36 degrees tonight

midnightgirl(z4 IL)May 17, 2007

Should I be worried about frost? That's about 4 degrees over...

Sometimes I find that if I water the plants well right before dark, a light frost won't hurt them.

I will move my plants in or cover with a blanket but I have some things planted out...tuberous begonias, some dahlia bulbs, impatiens, lobelia, gladiolus bulbs about 1 foot tall already. After tonight we have lows of the 50's again but I want to get through this night as well as I can.

My tomatoes and quite a few other annual flowers are not planted so I can bring them in.

What would you do to prepare?

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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

I would do nothing...but bring in what you can. Often covering stuff damages them more than taking a chanch on frost.
It won't frost....I said so!! LOL!
But I believe the last frost date for your area is May 20th....so...let that be a lesson...Ma Nature will get you if you don't follow the rules!
Seriously....I would chance it.
Linda C

    Bookmark   May 17, 2007 at 11:15PM
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midnightgirl(z4 IL)

No frost Linda... Looks like I lucked out!!

I always cheat and start as soon as the weather is nice...but usually I stick to perennials until the 15th of May.. I always look at the weaterhe for the next week or so after 5/15 and then do what I want if it looks good for the next week.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2007 at 6:40PM
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