Straw Bale Frames
Many avid gardeners find themselves in a predicament when winter arrives: too many tender plants, not enough storage space. Since most homes have a limited number of available windowsills and few homeowners have a greenhouse, one solution is to build a cold frame for young, tender plants using bales of straw. These bales are typically inexpensive, help insulate tender leaves from winter temperatures and bonus: You’ll have nice mulch come next spring!
S.O.S. – Save Our Shrubs!
When the weather outside turns frightful and you fear the worst for your little shrubs, what’s a home gardener to do? Understanding how plants typically react to sudden low temps and then following a few simple steps might just help save your shrubs from an untimely death. If you’re expecting a severe cold spell in your area, consider placing some old blankets or quilts around tender plants’ roots overnight, then remove them in the morning if the sun comes out.