Last updated on December 2nd, 2011
DRIVING HOME JUST NOW, I heard on the radio a rather frightening forecast. Here, in the Hudson Valley and Berkshires region, temperatures are expected to plunge into the teens tonight. Yes, the teens! And such cold can spell doom for tender, winter-sown seedlings like cosmos, morning glories, bachelor buttons, etc.
If you are one of the many A Garden for the House gardeners who have annuals sprouting in milk-jugs, you can save your seedlings very easily. Either throw a blanket over containers, or move them to the unheated garage or shed (do not bring the seedlings into your warm, dry house). I’m using the blanket-method for mine.
Of course, un-sprouted seeds and sprouted perennials need no such protection. It’s only the tender, annual seedlings that require a comfortable cover on below-freezing nights.