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How to keep your plants safe from the cold

How to keep your plants safe from the cold

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With the temps dropping you'll probably want to throw another blanket on the bed.  But don't forget about your plants, they need to be kept warm too.

A drive around Elkhart Thursday night found covered plants in people's front yards.  And Master Gardener Steve Kruse said that's exactly what your plants should look like now.  "This cold weather could cause damage to them," said Kruse, "cover them up with sheets, plastic milk jugs in the garden, there's frost blankets."

Kruse said a frost this time of year is actually not that far off.  "The average last frost is May 10th-12th."

But the exact date we get the last frost doesn't really matter, either way if you want your plants to live, you've got to protect them.  If you can't cover them overnight Kruse said there is one other thing you can do.  "Go out in the morning with a garden hose."  Kruse said the water will help wash the frost off the plants, but it's best to do this before the sun comes up.

And if you have container gardens, things like hanging plants, Kruse said just put them inside.

If your plants do get damaged and you have to buy new ones Kruse said wait until next week to plant them.

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