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30/04/2013 at 17:55

Just need to get through tonight - the lowest forecast temperature of the week - just when my apple, pear and plum blossoms have started to open out. All my trees are dwarf - 6 ft or less (stepovers) so I have covered them all up as best I can. From tomorrow onwards it is a few degrees warmer - I'd hate myself if I tok a chance and woke up in the morning to see a ground frost.

30/04/2013 at 20:10

oooo nooooo! 

My poor petunias! 

30/04/2013 at 20:59

When that's done all my hardy perennial babies can come out of the cold GH and stay out. Lovely.

30/04/2013 at 21:56

Looks like we're going to escape a frost tonight - we escaped last night too, although there was a sharp frost up in North Norfolk.  

30/04/2013 at 22:32

Not sure if I am convinced that fleece works that well. The problem is when the fleece gets wet with dew before it freezes to ice, and which can then damage the plant it is lying on. Only solution is to keep the fleece proud of the plant which is not always possible. Anyone else notice this problem?

01/05/2013 at 07:04

I'm finding it's working ok to stop the bean flowers from freezing - it's held above the flowers by the green shoots at the top of the plants so not a problem, but yes - if I was worried about protecting the new growth at the top of a plant I'd raise it a few inches above - it's not the fleece that protects from frost - it's the air pocket it creates.

01/05/2013 at 18:09

At this time of year there will only be a frost when there is no wind.  You can therefore just put a sheet of newspaper over shoots.  Make sure you cover your potato shoots with soil.

01/05/2013 at 20:00

You are right woodgreen.  

I keep the fleece off tender stuff by using cloche supports.   As dove said its the air pocket that insulates

 

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