TUCK THEM UP
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.