SOME TIPS ON MINIMISING DAMAGE
MULCH MULCH MULCH
MULCH acts as an insulator, holding in heat and moisture in the soil. It is used to protect the root systems of your plants from cold temperatures. Sometimes the cold temperature is not what damages the plant, but rather the freeze/thaw cycle affecting the soil.
Straw or shredded leaves are great mulches to use.
WATER YOUR PLANTS
Water the soil thoroughly (except around succulents). Wet soil holds heat better than dry soil, protecting roots and warming air near the soil.
Heavily water the soil around your plants prior to a very cold night or freeze. The soil will trap the heat better wet than when it is dry, and evaporate slowly which warms the air around the plants. Don't do this if you expect a hard freeze though, since it could backfire, but to protect against a little frost, a generous watering can help to retain some of the day's heat into the night.
Choose plants that are suited to your climate. This is the simplest, lowest-effort choice.
Buckets and plastic plant pots are great for covering tender plants. Simply turn the bucket or container upside down and place it over the plant.
are dormant in winter which means that they have no foliage that could be affected by frost. Perfect! My garden is a stick forest.......
Avoid high-nitrogen fertilisers as they encourage plants to make lots of sappy leafy growth that is particularly susceptible to damage, especially early and late in the year.
Leave the old growth of tender plants unpruned over the winter months. This will help to protect the central crown of the plant and take the brunt of any frost damage. If plants are cut back hard in autumn new growth could be damaged by frost.
Cold air and frost always descend to the lowest point in a garden so avoid planting tender plants in obvious frost pockets.
Our birdbaths and various water containers freeze and its hilarious to watch the pigeons try and land on them and go skidding off......... well I think it's funny!
My next tip is rug up........Get out there........ Grab a camera......... Go for a walk......Drag the family out.........
Then run don't walk into your warm and toasty house all rosy cheeked from the cold and have a nice warm cuppa by the fire/heater......
Have you got any tips on what you do to protect your garden or pots in the depths of Winter?