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Posted By on April 3, 2013

The tomato bed covered up with inexpensive bed sheets.

The tomato bed covered up with inexpensive bed sheets.

Well, we had two nights with temperatures just a bit below freezing. This meant that I got to learn how to protect my baby tomato plants. I used six bed sheets, some clothes pins, and some rocks along the edge of the raised bed to keep the sheets to the ground.

One of my baby tomatolings.

One of my baby tomatolings.

Lesson #1 I lost 4 plants the first night. They were touching the sheet and the leaves froze.

Lesson #2  If you get a freeze like this, leave the tomatoes that you think are dead because if the roots and stem are alive it will come back. I lost my begonias that I had planted a week earlier (well they are coming back from the roots now 2 weeks later, but they’re much smaller).

Overall I will still plant early next year. These plants that are in the ground now were all started in December in the greenhouse. Next year I will just be better prepared to protect them from early frosts once they are outside.

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