low temps and frost
I just came back in from covering plants in preparation for the cold temperatures tonight. I have very seldom covered anything but it is predicted to stay so cold for so long I wanted to try to help the poor plants a bit.
Gaylord Hauser, the county extension man, was on one of the noon news programs and he didn't think covering things was a big help. I thought it helped to prevent the plants from being touched by the frost but we shall see. Hauser was very sympathetic to the plight of commercial growers and orchard owners. There is so little they can do.
One amazing sidelight of all this was the amount of old sheets and blankets we were able to find in our house. Some of the sheets were so old and yellowed I was ashamed to put them out on the flowerbeds. Talk about airing your dirty linen...