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30/04/2014 at 07:19

I'm in South London but sounds like even here there will be frosts come the weekend - gah! I've got a roll of fleece but I'm just working out what I need to do...

My broad beans, peas and garlic were all planted last Autumn and are frost-hardy - but does that apply now the beans & peas have flowered / set?

I'm also a bit worried about my blackberry/raspberry canes as they've been growing strongly / have lots of buds.

My beetroot presumably is especially vulnerable. Half of it has turned red from too much rain but the other half is looking healthy. And my potatoes have got shoots coming out of the top of their containers so no scope for earthing up.

Basically, i guess it all needs fleecing to be safe?!

30/04/2014 at 07:21

If you have enough fleece i would do the lot - can't harm can it

30/04/2014 at 07:48

I'm not going to worry about my raspberries - after all they grow well in Scotland and they have much later frosts up there so I'm presuming they'll cope.  Blackberries should also be ok. 

I'm going to fleece my figs and gooseberries as they've formed fruit.  

Beetroot are frost hardy so they'll be ok.

Cover your potatoes with layers of newspaper, tucking it in around the rims of the containers. 

Peas and beans - I'd try to fleece them if you can - but don't panic - as you say you're in South London where it is generally milder so hopefully the frost won't be too bad - and if you do lose a few flowers more will develop.

That's what I would do - good luck 

30/04/2014 at 08:04

Thanks all. It's not (only!) laziness which is why I'm asking! My two year old especially will invariably try and attack anything fleeced so I'd rather keep it to a minimum. Thanks for the newspaper tip dovefromabove - helpful as I probably don't have quite enough for everything. Although I could do something about that...

 

30/04/2014 at 08:28

Don't forget to take the fleece off during the daytime otherwise you're creating perfect conditions for fungal problems to develop 

30/04/2014 at 08:56

Fleece as much as possible but your beans, peas and garlic will be fine without it.  I would fleece Beetroot though.  (my grandmother Dove will give me a ticking off for contradicting her ). 

Fleece overnight though and only if frost is likely

30/04/2014 at 09:16

I don't think it will really be cold enough to cause damage. I looked at the met office forecast and the coldest for London is +5°. Keep an eye on the forecast.

30/04/2014 at 18:11

Don't worry about tucking the newspaper in.  At this time of year you only get frost on windless nights. Different in the winter, obviously.

Put  newspaper over the potatoes though.

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