This past week we have had some frightening cold nights but if you followed our planting guide and planted for the season, you don’t have to worry. It’s best to remember that all of our winter vegetables will recover their pre-frost condition as soon as the day warms up. Resist the temptation of spraying the plants with water. It won’t help. By noontime the plants’ appearance will be normal again.
Other kinds of plants such as beans and tomatoes and peppers are likely to be killed by two hours of temperatures below 32 degrees. Onions are frost hardy but need to be planted into warm soil. You can achieve this by covering your bare soil with clear plastic until the weather warms up again in a few days. Keep your new onion plants in a cool spot so they won’t break dormancy.
We now have a chance to carry out a survey to discover which plants are somewhat frost resistant and which gardens are in a cold area. Please let us know which plants were killed and which variety because some varieties are more hardy. In particular, did your snow peas get damaged? It would be most interesting for future years to know which varieties of our vegetables are frost hardy.