Exhausted from working in the garden all day, I was not happy to hear the “frost advisory” for our area. It was a gamble I had taken when I chose to start planting early. I live in Zone 5 so any annuals planted prior to May 1st run the risk of being lost should a big enough frost hit. I was exhausted from working in the garden all day and this was not news I wanted to hear. Still, I was glad I’d found out in time to protect my investment.
I gathered up trash bags and tarps, laid them over the areas where high concentrations of annual flowers were planted, and held them down with bricks. Next I dug out my many plastic containers I always save when I buy a new plant. With the help of my husband we used them to cover individual plants. I used a trash bag to cover my large outdoor pots as well. The next morning I removed everything and put it away for another day. I saved all my new plants and still got the benefit of an early start.