cool weather coming - Knowledgebase Question

Greensboro, No
Question by Itzyespin
April 5, 2010
I live in Greensboro NC and last 15+ days is been warm between 65-90 and about 50's over night so I star my garden(outside) last weekend with tomato plants,seeds of basil,tomatoe,peppers,squash,lettuce.this saturday the temp. will drop to 39 overnight for a couple of hours is posible to save my veg. garden in a inexpensive way,please said yes,Thanks.

Answer from NGA
April 5, 2010


You can provide overnight protection by covering the garden with an insulating blanket (available in garden centers), some Reemay floating row cover, or by laying an old sheet or blanket on the garden. If the seeds have not yet sprouted you can carefully lay this insulation directly over the ground. If the seeds have sprouted, the seedlings will be young and not sturdy enough to bear the weight of a sheet or blanket you'll need to drive stakes into the ground around the bed and attach the sheet or blanket to the stakes so it floats just a few inches over the seedlings rather than lays directly on the plants. Remove this covering in the morning before the sun has a chance to beat down on the covering and overheat the plants. Best wishes with your new garden!

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