What to do now - Jobs in the Garden by Season

How to protect your garden from frost

By
April Demes
Photography by
Niki Jabbour

Shield your precious plants from the harmful effects of a sudden, forecasted frost


Plants to protect from frost
  • Asparagus (a perennial, but should be harvested before a frost)
  • Basil
  • Beans
  • Chinese cabbage seedlings (by fall the heads will be more hardy)
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery seedlings
  • Cilantro
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel seedlings (frost impedes formation of bulbs)
  • Lettuce heads (young leaves are usually okay)
  • Melons
  • Okra
  • Onion bulbs
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash
  • Swiss Chard seedlings (young plants may bolt after frost exposure)
  • Tomato

Best bets for cool-season growing
  • Arugula
  • Beets (overwinter with mulch)
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprout
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot (overwinter with mulch)
  • Collards (greens taste best after frost)
  • Fennel bulbs
  • Garlic (plant in fall for summer harvest)
  • Kale
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Mache
  • Mizuna
  • Parsley
  • Parsnip
  • Pea (flowers and pods will be hurt by frost but young plants won’t)
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard (mature plants)
  • Turnip (overwinter with mulch)

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