How To Protect Tomatoes From Frost

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As many of us gardeners know, tomatoes are a warm-season crop. Even a light frost can damage both the foliage and the fruit of tomato plants. In addition, many areas of the US can experience an early fall frost that is followed by several weeks of warm weather. Providing frost protection for tomatoes can extend their growing season. Can Tomato Plants Survive Frost if Covered? Predicting a frost can be tricky. Many factors, such as cloud cover and wind speed, affect how cold air settles to the ground. To complicate matters, frost can form whenever the ground temperature reaches 32 degrees F (0 C). Yet, meteorologists measure ambient temperatures at 4 feet (1.2 m) above the ground. This means gardeners can have frost even when the weather forecast predicts overnight temperatures will remain above freezing. Whenever a frost warning is issued, moving container plants inside or covering garden tomatoes can […]

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