13 Apr Garden Frost That Kills – Bloomtown TV Ep. 2.5
A late season temperature dip finds us back at Urban Buds with Mimo and Miranda as they protect hundreds of dollars worth of Foxtail Lilies and other crops from a killing frost. In this episode we’ll learn which flowers are cold weather friendly and how to safeguard those that are not. It’s all part of knowing your farm, whether you’re a professional grower or backyard gardener. Beware of the “Okey-Doke” Spring!
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Mimo: Now I’m checking the weather forecast, First Alert Channel 5, and I always look at the 10-day, but look, they changed it.
Miranda: What? Low’s 28. The last frost date in Missouri is April 15th according to the Agricultural Services. So you know we’re gambling a little bit.
Mimo: Part of being a good grower is avoiding those traumatic times, you know, where you’re out here fighting nature. Just know your crops enough to know, you know, that you don’t fall for the okey-doke of early Missouri spring, that, you know, it goes to 70 degrees in March and everybody gets happy. You avoid those really crazy times of like, “Oh my God! I planted sunflowers in March and now it’s going to be 22 degrees tonight!”
Things that you can plant out in the garden now are snapdragons, delphinium, stalk, you know the cool weather, cool tolerant plants really can handle a really good frost. And sometimes it’s even beneficial for them. We have one crop in the field, eremurus. Also called foxtail lily, or desert plant it’s really kind of freaky looking, kind of spidery looking, octopus looking, like ahhh!
Mimo: Home gardeners could totally grow eremurus. It can get up to seven feet tall so we’re going to use this more in the back of the border. They come in shades of yellow, white, there’s a orange. Anything below 32 is going to be a really killing frost for eremurus. About 100 bulbs, probably around $500, $4.50 a bulb. Yeah it’s kind of a big hit. So we really want to protect it, and that’s why we came out here today to cover up our eremurus.
Mimo: Best laid plans, you know, great on paper, but paper doesn’t really take into account mother nature. So you need to be prepared for that.
Miranda: That’s the thing about farming. You’ve just got to do it.
Mimo: You’ve just got to, right.
Miranda: Even when you don’t want to, you know, when it’s hard or it’s cold or it’s snowing, you’ve just got to do it. That’s the way to make it happen. We were worried about the crops in the high tunnel so we have, we had the high tunnel and then we put on hoops and blankets like we did with the eremurus, and then Mimo said, “You know Miranda, I’m really worried about these crops. I have this idea I heard about. Let’s put Christmas lights in between the plants.” So we were out here . . .
Mimo: In between the rows.
Miranda: . . . in between the rows of the plants, we were out here laying Christmas lights around . . .
Mimo: Well they provide a little bit of heat. It worked.
Miranda: We have prepared for the frost tonight. We’ve covered up the ranunculus in the high tunnel. We’ve put the sidewalls on the hoop house.
Mimo: If this was windy.
Miranda: Watch out.
Mimo: A lot of cussing going on.
Miranda: And we’ve covered the eremurus with remay and plastic.
Miranda: And now we have to get ready for farmer’s market tomorrow. That’s our next task. So after we get ready for farmer’s market we’ll have some dinner and go to bed and back at it tomorrow at 5:00 a.m. Let’s get some food. I’m hungry.
Mimo: Yeah. Yeah. I’m starving.
Miranda: Okay, let’s go.