Winter is upon us! Which means our gardeners will soon be greeted with frost if they haven’t been already. The good news for you as a gardener is that as each day goes by, you’re a little closer to getting back out into the garden and growing your plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables.
Early Season Gardening
The status quo is to ideally start your gardening season in spring but those of you who are a little more eager to get back into the garden sooner will probably still have things growing away.
Maybe you’ve sown seeds in autumn for overwintering…
Or you’re plotting to get back out there at the first chance you get.
Whatever route you have chosen to take, it’s important to be aware of the effects of frost damage during the winter weather.
Planting fruits and vegetables a little earlier has a great advantage of a longer growing season. However, if you want your plants to grow to their best potential, you have to do so with care and caution. Especially when it comes to protecting your young plants from very low temperatures.
Effects of Cold Weather
Low temperatures cause colder air temperatures and colder soil temperatures. In locations such as the UK, this can be highly detrimental when there are consistently uncertain weather conditions.
Frost and cold weather comes and goes… what’s the big deal?
While some people may think that the once the cold weather has gone, their plants will revive and take back their healthy form, that certainly isn’t the case.
Plant cells are actually damaged worst when temperatures drastically fluctuate, which as highlighted before can be a major issue for locations like the UK where the weather can be unpredictable throughout the day, let alone throughout the season. The repeated freezing and thawing of plants has an effect of destroying cells and in turn, prevent further growth.
There are “simple” ways to reduce the chances of frost damage such as selecting planting positions that avoid and reduce ‘frost pockets’ or to avoid exposing plants to early morning sunshine, that’s if your plants are even mobile in the first place.
But can you imagine getting up every morning before dawn to move your plants away from direct sunlight, then moving them back again?
Surely there’s enough work and effort that goes into gardening already.
While you can’t completely control the conditions in your garden or greenhouse, the positive is that you can alter how your plant reacts to the cold weather conditions and have more success planting early!
How to Prevent Frost Damaged Plants
When using a cold weather fertiliser like Early Starter, plants can endure temperatures below 5°C. This is achieved by biologically encouraging plants to focus on root growth, resulting in more strength to access nutrients that achieve more resilience to harsh weather conditions.
We’re not saying put your cloches and plant blankets away, but if you want them to be more effective and use them along side the cold weather resistant fertiliser, you plants will have the perfect winter coat!