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Frost and freeze can cause terrible damage to your crops, not to mention it has you feeling anxious about your crops the entire night. Luckily, there’s a way to protect your crops from falling victim to frost or freeze, but first, we’ll have a lesson in what these phenomena are in the first place.

Frost and Freeze

Freeze is what happens when the temperature in the environment is below water’s freezing point, which is 32 o F. Obviously, the water inside your crops and plants has the same freezing point, and so it freezes, causing the cells to burst. This leads to severe plant damage that can’t be fixed.

Frost, on the other hand, occurs at a temperature that’s below freezing. The temperature of your crops reaches the freezing point, even if the temperature that surrounds your crops is approaching 32 o F. Since the surface of your plant crops is already at the freezing point, then any dew that forms will automatically turn into ice, causing distress to the plant. You may have seen frost in the form of hoarfrost, the feathery shape of crystals that cover your plants, and rime, which is what happens when dew from the plants turns into frost upon being released.

How To Protect Your Crops

You’ll need some mulch (make sure it’s organic), a mallet, row covers or sheets, wooden stakes and some containers of various sizes. An integral part of farming is not just taking effective measures when the temperatures go down, but predicting such conditions beforehand. Check a weather forecast for low nighttime temperatures and water your crops adequately a few days before the frost is expected to occur.

Your crops will be less susceptible to harm from the cold if they’re well-watered and aren’t wilting. Since your soil will be nice and moist, your crops will stay well protected too. Spread your choice of organic variety mulch in a thick layer over the soil in case there isn’t any mulch placed already. If you’re trying to protect young plant crops from the frost, you can cover them with layers of light hay or mulch.

Take your wooden stakes and place them into the soil while making sure that the tops of plants fall below the tips of the stakes. Use row covers or sheets to place them over the crops and wooden stakes but remember that your sheets shouldn’t touch the plants. Bring the sheets to the soil level and cover them with more soil to keep them from lifting and allowing the chill to enter. If you have smaller crops lying around individually, cover them with a container but place a small dish with water inside so that heat is provided.

If you want, you can set up some lights (like fairy lights) under the protective sheets so they give off some heat to your crops. The next morning, you should remember to remove the row covers, sheets and containers from plants. That’s because sunshine will kick in soon, and leaving the covers on your crops would put them at the risk of overheating.

Practice this effective routine every time you’re anticipating the frost to keep your crops protected. Happy Farming!

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Retry These Tips to Keep the Cold Out

You’ve probably heard about most of these tips designed to lower your heating bills before now, but you might have gotten lax in following them. After all, it isn’t always easy to do what you know is best, particularly if you are the only one in the family actually handling these extra chores. Refresh your memory and take a look at the following ways to lower your heating bills at least by a little bit this winter.

Optimize Your Curtain Use

Obviously, you already know that curtains are designed for more than simply keeping your neighbors from snooping on you. They can also keep the cold out as well as letting the warmth of the sun’s rays into your home. Just remember to open your curtains during the day when the sun is out and close them at night when the outside air takes on a chill as the sun disappears temporarily.

Dodge the Drafts

Drafty doors and windows cool off your indoor air no matter how high you have the thermostat set. Buy an inexpensive draft dodger for every door that opens to the outside, and remember to use them. While you are at it, purchase a few weatherstripping kits and do away with drafty windows.

Close Egress Doors Quickly

Whether you are entering your home through the front door or coming in from the garage, it is important to close doors quickly to minimize how much cold air you let into your home. Even if it is easier to allow the door to remain open because you need to make several trips to the car to get your groceries, take the time to close it in between trips. You’ll reduce the amount of cold air that gets inside while also reducing your heating bill at the same time.

As the cooler air approaches, you might want to review all of your strategies for keeping your home comfortably heated. Not only will you be more comfortable but you will also save money on your heating bills.

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