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we live in VT, with a big frost warning tonight, but we planted our garden yesturday (I tried to tell dh it was too early but <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">.) I covered the tomatoes which we bought starter plants of,..... but everything else is from seed.<br><br>
so do I need to go down to the field and cover my seeds up?? (all I have is our extra blankets, but Im so worried about them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> !) ....especially the spinach and swill chard, which arent planted deep, and are probably still very damp from all the watering.<br><br>
(and if you tell me that, yes, go ahead down in the dark to the field and bring all your blankets, will you be telling me to bring enough for the potatoes, peas, garlic, squash, etc., also?)<br><br>
dh isnt home or you know who would be trekking down to the garden and who would be sitting comfortably by the woodstove<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ).
 

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I think, with seeds, you should be OK. The things that have sprouted are more at risk. I just bought all my plants yesterday, and was going to plant them all today. They are now all under a tarp, huddled together keeping warm...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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seeds are fine, plants or anything poking green out of ground should be covered.<br><br>
a good thing to cover tomatoes (and peppers and eggplant and...)with are clear gallon milkjugs with the bottoms cut off, so save up or have friends save them for you, or search through the neighborhood pilaging the recycling bins... juice jugs work nice too, the big ones the better, can use the small ones, if it's cold cold you can leave the caps on, watch that you don't bake them though and as it warms up you can decap them until the plants get too big.<br><br>
a tip I learned from a friend that I'll pass on, if a frost does happen and you don't expect it or forget to cover things, never let the sun hit the frozen/icy plants, get out there before it's up, cover and shade them, letting the air warm them up gradually, they will be wilty but usually saveable.<br><br>
you sound like a new mom to your garden! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> isn't gardening sooo fun???
 

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thank you, both!<br><br>
kerlowyn, I read your post and therefore decided to relax, (then foolishly popped in 'the departed,' .....and now its 2:00am....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"> )<br><br>
lightheart, yes, I am a 'new gardening mom!!' relatively---this is our second year. we had so much fun with it last year, it is absolutely wonderful!<br><br>
our tomatoe plants have those wire things around them so I ended up covering them with giant beach towels then duct taping them shut. (I know--this must sound silly!) and I was prepared with blankets to go out in the dark and cover up my 'babies' if you folks told me to!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> (but I was hoping you wouldnt<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: )<br><br>
thank you for the great tips.<br><br>
(and here's an OT tip for anyone who's interested.....watch 'the departed on a night when youve gotten your little ones to bed early. its so good you wont notice that its sooooooooo long!)
 
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