do I protect my veggie planter box from frost?
have built a planter box about 1.6 metres wide and am using it as
a veggie patch. Would you please suggest ideas so that I can cover
it to keep winter frost out and protect the veggie plants? And also
where could I obtain the relevant materials?
talked to Gill Thurlow, our glasshouse manager, and she suggested
two alternative ways of protecting your vegetable plants.
The first is looking
at where you have placed your planter box. The best place for it
would be under the eaves of a building in a sunny spot. Being next
to a building would protect your plants from even severe frosts.
If your planter box is
not moveable, then you could cover the box with an appropriate material,
such as frost cloth or even newspaper. You would need to build a
tent-like frame over the planter box, and cover it with either the
frost cloth or newspaper. You take the material off during the day
and put it back on when the nights seem likely to produce frosts.
Frost cloth is available
from horticultural supply companies and many garden centers. I hope
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
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