Take Cover!

Mama Nature is throwing us one last dose of chill!  And while some don’t think it will dip into frost territory, we’re not taking any chances.  We’ve been burned (think icy burn) before and will not be again. 

Just look at these sweet little things.  Would you take a chance with their survival?  Didn’t think so.   So after some discussion, we used this lightweight frost blanket to cover our beans, tomatoes and peppers.  It’s not the only option.  We could have “insulated” them with mulch, or thrown a bed sheet over top.  Though whichever way you choose to attack this problem, the goal remains the same:  protect their leaves from frost.

Our potatoes are growing well and quite robust and should be able to tolerate a “near dip” experience.  Though just to be sure, we gathered some oak leaves to ensure a snuggly evening.  Talk about perfect segue–our lesson this week was mulch!  

What kind of mulch?

Natural of course, like leaves, bark, hay and would you believe newspaper?  

Oh, yes.  So long as you keep it from flying into your neighbor’s yard by trapping it somehow–we used hay–newspaper mulch is a great way to recycle.  If you prefer the lovely look of all hay, then simply toss the paper out back like the old news that it is–and onto your compost pile!   

If you don’t have one yet, you will soon.  Composting is too easy and too efficient–even for those city dwellers we know.  One afternoon surfing the net will prove you can compost indoors AND keep it clean.  A must.  We are tidy when at all possible.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. val.littlewood
    Mar 13, 2011 @ 06:08:36

    Thanks so much for your recent comment on the blog I was just about to say how much we are missing the lovely warm Florida weather when I read your post! Hope all plant survive and your bees are numerous!
    Val

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  2. How To Build An Organic Garden
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 12:20:24

    I wouldn’t know whether it is a good idea to use old newspapers, to think that is contains printing chemicals. Any comments?

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    • gardenfrisk
      Mar 21, 2011 @ 18:13:12

      From what I’ve been able to find in my research, most newspapers today use water or soy-based inks and are completely safe for these purposes. Any toxic materials would be in trace amounts, although glossy color magazines are a different story. Many of those use metal based inks to achieve the colorful effects which are NOT recommended for composting.

      Hope this helps to clarify and thanks for stopping by! Remember to check in with us on our new site (we’ve moved) for more on gardening with BloominThyme!

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  3. writing4effect
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 13:22:31

    We’ve had somewhat predictable weather in Kansas, until the past few years when it became quite unpredictable, freezing just when you thought everything turned warm. I lost a very valuable white magnolia tree that died because of it. I didn’t have it mulched properly in the spring and we had a dangerous frost in mid- to late April, of all times. I take adequate precautions now and love the suggestions you shared here.

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