Frost Protection - Knowledgebase Question

Wausau, WI
Question by Tryba1
January 18, 1999
How does's frost attack garden plants? What is the best way to protect from frost so we can get plants in the garden early to extend our growing season.


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Answer from NGA
January 18, 1999

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Frost damages plants as interior water freezes in the cells of the plant, rupturing the cell membranes and turning them to mush! Frost tends to form on uncovered, upper plant surfaces. A thick rowcover blanket can help prevent frost injury. Remove the rowcover during the day to allow the soil to warm and then cover the plants again at night.

Thanks for the question and good luck with the frost!

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