Posted: 12/12/2011 at 15:58
Last winter we lost almost half of our garden because although it is south facing it is open to the elements all round except for immediatly in front of the house. This year we have been advised to wrap vulnerable plants in gardeners fleece which will protect the plants but allow them to breathe and then to cover them in some form of polythene wigwam with holes made in the sides so that the plants do not "sweat". This should mean that they are protected against the hard frosts and bitter winds that we get, but also that any rain sleet or snow will run off the wigwam cover - we certainly cant afford to replace ev erything again, so are hoping that these measures will be effective - they might be worth a try for you. Certainly friends of ours, similarly situated, who lost olive trees last year are trying the same tactics.