Midday Fix: Tony Fulmer’s tips for protecting spring plants from freeze and frost damage

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Tony Fulmer

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Tony's Tips:

Consider using a soil thermometer to determine when it’s safe to plant seeds or transplants.

The frost-free planting date for tender annuals, vegetables and herbs in this area is May 15. If you’re going to plant tender things before then, you run the risk of having a hard frost damage or kill those plants.

Before May 15, you can plant frost-hardy things like pansies, violas, stocks, ranunculus, lettuce, chard and other early veggies.

If temperatures are at or below 28F, move containers into the garage or up against the house against and overhang. If plants are in the ground during such low temperatures, stake-and-cover them with old sheets or plants.