What to do when the weather turns chilly!

compact herb garden arrivingAfter quite a mild few weeks the weather has suddenly got colder and even here in Cornwall we’re seeing a bit of frost and hail. So the question is, what do you do with your baby plants if they arrive during a cold spell like this? Here are some ideas…

  1. Pop your plants into pots and containers temporarily, and keep them on a windowsill, in a greenhouse or in a polytunnel. If you don’t have enough space for this, you can always put them into small plastic plug plant pots and put them all together in plastic boxes outside with the lids on. But don’t forget to water them.
  2. Plant them out and cover them with horticultural fleece – you don’t necessarily need to build support for the fleece, if you just drape it over the plants loosely they won’t suffer at all. You may need to secure it at the corners if it’s windy. A couple of big stones should do the trick. Remember to take the fleece off again as soon as possible to prevent garden pests from moving in!
  3. Use a cloche. Essentially this acts as a mini greenhouse for your plants. You have different options here – if you are buying them, you can either buy single dome like cloches that will sit on top of a single plant, or you can buy a cloche tunnel which can sit over a whole row of plants. If you don’t fancy buying them, then you can be inventive. Cut up old plastic bottles, clear plastic boxes and so on to make your own cloche. It doesn’t matter if they look a bit peculiar, as long as they do the job!