AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) –The cold weather is hanging on longer than usual this spring. More than just a pest, freezing could actually do some real damage to your garden. “When the frost comes in, it’ll settle on the plants and then when the sun starts to rise, the sun will burn the leaves of the plant, it magnifies the water on the leaves, and that’s how the frost damages the plant,” said Aitkin’s Farms plant manager, Rebecca Pease.
She says it’s been a long time since she’s seen it present such a problem.
Over the past couple of nights, freeze warnings have been in effect for Hampden and Hampshire counties, with temperatures dipping below 30 degrees, enough to kill any delicate plants.
To protect the ones at the farm, Rebecca says they cover them with a sheet or overhang. If you have apples, spinach, or lettuce growing outside, you don’t have to worry about those because they survive in colder weather. Some folks got the green thumb a little early, and couldn’t wait to plant some more sensitive crops. “Our plums are in, our pears are in, our cherries are in. I’m a little worried. I was a little shocked this morning when I heard that it was going to get cold. I’ll go out there today, I’ll take a look,” Lisa Hagar shared.
Not to worry, there are some steps you can take to save your plants. “If they’ve planted container gardens, bring your container gardens inside, put them in your garage or under an overhang so the frost can’t settle in them,” Pease advises.
However, Hagar, a self-proclaimed polar bear, wants the cold to stay even longer. “It’ll be 80 degrees on Wednesday, and all of those warm people will be happy, and I will be crying softly in my air conditioning,” she laughed.
Rebecca says it should be safe to start planting after Memorial Day.