[Tomato Dirt #113] 3 Ways to Protect Tomatoes from Frost
September 29, 2016
Tomato Dirt Newsletter Volume 6, Number 19
Dear Tomato Dirt reader,
Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple of times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.
Black Gold: It's Easy to Make Your Own
Compost: it’s called “Black Gold” for a good reason. It’s the ultimate inexpensive way to recycle yard and kitchen waste back into your garden. Make sure you have what you need to start or build productive, healthy compost for next year’s garden.Take a look at composting gear used by gardeners like you!
Tomatoes cannot withstand frost. But by planning ahead, you can use one of these types of frost protection and be ready when the forecast doesn’t look good for your crop.
Individual plant covers are available in various sizes. They are especially helpful if you grow tomatoes in containers or pots, if you grow tomatoes on a patio or balcony, or if you grow just a few tomato plants in the garden.
Row coversallow the soil to warm during the day and provide a layer of protection at night when temperatures dip. Two kinds are most available to the home gardener: floating row covers
(sheets of lightweight fabric draped directly over tomato plants) and tunnel row covers (hoop frames draped with garden fabric).
Water is a good insulator. It is able to absorb and sustain heat gathered from sunlight. In addition, when water freezes, it releases a small amount of heat. You can set up self-standing water tubes around tomato plants (such as Wall-o-Water or Red Tomato Teepees) or spray plants with FreezePruf spray to protect tomatoes from frost.
Tomato Fun! Channel Your Inner Gardener at Halloween
Image: Blueberry Junie
Tomato lovers and gardeners can steal the show on Halloween by dressing as a tomato or other fruits or vegetables.
It’s easy and fun to make a tomato costume! Dressing up as a tomato is unusual and creative. Invite siblings or friends to dress up as tomatoes, too, so you can make a “bushel.”
To make a tomato costume you will need just a few items: an extra-large red sweatshirt, green or red sweatpants, green felt, material for stuffing, string, and a hot glue gun.