Sometimes the weather is unpredictable. With the string of nice weather we have had, it surely is by surprise that we are faced with some cold weather (and even talk of snow in some parts). The national weather service has issues a freeze warning for tonight in our area. This means we will want to cover sensitive crops, with plastic, a blanket, or something else. Be sure the covering is not touching the plant or it may defeat the purpose. See information below.
Also, this weekend (Sunday and Monday from noon until dark) we will be putting out our trays of plants outside the church (by the storage box) for congregants to have to grow. This is from our seed starting project we did in March. Members may take a plant home with the hopes that they will grow the plant on their own and bring the produce back to the storage box for donation to local food banks.
Thank you and stay well!
…FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM EDT
* WHAT…Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 31 expected.
* WHERE…In New Jersey, Sussex, Warren, Morris and Hunterdon.
In Pennsylvania, Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, Western Chester,
Western Montgomery and Upper Bucks.
* WHEN…From 11 PM this evening to 9 AM EDT Saturday.
* IMPACTS…Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops and other
Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold.
What plants are sensitive: Beans, cucumbers, eggplant, musk melon, okra, peppers, pumpkins, squash, sweet corn, sweet potato, and tomatoes will all be damaged by even a light frost, but many other crops will survive
How to protect: Bed sheets, drop cloths, blankets and plastic sheets make suitable covers for vulnerable plants. Use stakes to keep material, especially plastic, from touching foliage. Remove the coverings when temperatures rise the next day. For a short cold period, low plantings can be covered with mulch, such as straw or leaf mold
For more tips: https://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/5-tips-for-protecting-your-plants-from-this-weekends-freeze-570277281.html