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Frost Protecting Your Garden


Well we've had a lot of wind lately and we've had a lot of unseasonably cold weather lately. So if you're going to put out your tomato plants and some of your other vegetable plants you might want to think about covering them, definitely caging them, especially if you're growing tomato plants.

The best way to do that is with this product called Grow-Web. It's a translucent material that you put over the plants or around the cages that you've got them in. What it does is it keeps the wind and hail that might hurt them out. It helps keep out the insects, and give them about 5 degrees cold protection. Of course you want to choose the right variety and you want to use a drip irrigation system to target the water and conserve our precious water resources.

To find out more about that be sure to pick up or new publication called The Hottest Plants Growing and get those at any county agents office regardless of where you're seeing this. You can also get it at the Allied Feed Organization there on Wrigsby and WW White and also out in Cuero.

So pick up that publication and it will tell you about planting these little tomatoes, how to plant them and how to use drip irrigation. So even though you're putting them out be sure to give them a little extra protection with grow-web and keep the elements out so we'll have the tomatoes and the fruit on.

This has been Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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