This Blog is focused primarily on the Southwest United States and the challenges of growing gardens and landscapes there.

We all have had great successes, some so-so success, disasters and fatalities in our gardens or landscapes. By sharing what we did right and also the mistakes we made, all of our new gardening community members will benefit.

Do you have a garden question or problem? Post it here and I'm sure someone in our gardening community will have an answer.

I look forward to sharing information and gardening experiences with you all and hope you will share yours here too.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Frost and freeze

How are you plants doing in the cold weather? We are in our typical winter season now. Some cool nights, some cold nights and a few freezing nights too.

Most Native, Desert adapted and Xeriscape plants can deal with the cold with little or no damage. However, some of us plop plants into our gardens and landscapes that are much more tender to our weather extremes.

Bed sheet or Frost Blanket material offer the 'freeze tender' plants about an additional 3 degrees of protection. For really cold tender plants, placing a light bulb or a string of the old fashioned Christmas Tree lights under the cover material will help keep them toasty warm at night.

Do you have a successful method of protecting your plants from the cold? Maybe a picture too? If so, post it here to share with other Desert gardeners and newcomers to our area.

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