Protect and Sensitive Plants You've Put in the Ground Tonight
by Deirdre Blake
posted Apr 15 2014 10:12AM
You might be sad to hear we're gonna get a little Spring cold snap, but it's not uncommon. The last 36-degree reading in Virginia can range from April 9th all the way to June 1st. And in June of 1966, it got to 34, killing beans, tomatoes and some other garden plants. When the water inside freezes, it causes ice crystals that can break the cell walls. When it warms up, the liquid seeps out and those cells die.
If you already planted stuff, while the weather was nice, make sure you protect it tonight. Agriculture experts say cover it with a cardboard box or a trashcan. You can also use a blanket, but don't just wrap it around the bottom of trees and bushes. Instead, drape it over the top and make sure it touches the soil on all sides. Hold it down with some boards or bricks.