The Napier Mail - - WHAT’S ON -

We can get heavy frosts in the first week of May so I’m al­ready pre­par­ing any pre­cious, frost­ten­der and small plants to with­stand the cold.

First de­fence is a cou­ple of sprays of sea­weed tea ev­ery three weeks, to strengthen up ex­ist­ing growth, and then with­hold­ing any ni­troge­nous feed, which would in­duce fresh au­tumn growth that would be frost ten­der.

Then I use a col­lec­tion of frost cloths and heat sinks. Over the years I’ve tried every­thing from bio­dy­namic sprays to bub­ble wrap, but my best strat­egy has been to mulch the soil well, place two 20L con­tain­ers of old oil (my hus­band is a me­chanic so these are read­ily avail­able) on the south side of the plant, and throw a frost cloth over the lot on clear evenings.

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