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[Tomato Dirt #212] Three Ways to Protect Tomatoes from Frost
October 01, 2020
Tomato Dirt Newsletter
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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 covers allow 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.
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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.
Get more tomato costume ideas on our Tomato Costumes Pinterest Board.
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Get more tips for growing tomatoes on our Tomato Growing Tips Pinterest board.
|Agribon and other floating row covers||Grow Tunnel for HoopHouse and other tunnel row cover kits||Wall-O-Water and other water protectors|
|Tips for Protecting Tomatoes From Frost and Freezing||Types of Frost Protection for Tomatoes||10 Tips for Ripening Tomatoes on Vine in the Fall||How to Grow Fall Tomatoes to Get an Extended Harvest|