LUDLOW, Mass. (WGGB) — With temperatures expected to dip well below freezing Friday night, those with a green thumb may want to take steps to protect from the chill.
Even the hardiest blooming plants can suffer when the mercury goes below 32 degrees.
If anyone would know the importance of keeping your plants out of the big chill, it’s Karen Randall.
For decades, Randall’s Farm and Greenhouse in Ludlow has been the go-to source for keeping your plants and gardens flourishing, and with temperatures plummeting overnight, she says its time to take action
“This isn’t just a frost. It’s going to be 25 degrees so if you want to save your plants, you have to take steps to protect them,” Randall says.
She adds, “The blossoms especially on perennials or mums. If they are tender annuals if they are in pots? Take them in otherwise you need a dry covering…not plastic. Really heavy duty.”
Randall says its best to bring your vulnerable plants indoors or at the very least cover them with burlap to insulate them from the freezing temps, and she says it’s critical to tend to all aspects of your garden.
“Your vegetable garden…you want to pick all the vegetables you have remaining that you think are salvageable because this will be pretty much the end to that,” says Randall.
It’s okay to use a basket for protection as long as it stays fairly loose, and as for the most popular pick of the season, she says pumpkins should also be spared exposure to the big chill.
“If you have your pumpkin out on your porch, you might want to put a jacket on your pumpkin and cover it up. It will scar it, will get frost marks on it, and leave some freeze damage. It won’t really hurt it but it wont be as pretty,” Randall adds.
Simple steps to sustain the beauty of the season.
Randall says when the temperatures rebound, it’s okay to take your plants out of hiding.