April 9, 2009

Hotkaps in the vegetable garden

A lot of my cold-tolerant plants, such as cabbages, cauliflower, and broccoli were ready for planting in the garden, but once that was done, the weather suddenly turned quite cold again.  To ensure that these still tender plants would not freeze, I thought it would be a good idea to use protective covers called Hotkaps. These paper domes keep away frost, pelting rain, and harmful insects.  In essence, they are a mini greenhouse for every plant.   As the temperatures become warmer, a ventilation hole may be snipped in the top of each Hotcap.  And, these paper domes can be composted once they are removed.

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Wilmer has been a big help in the garden lately. Here he is planting cauliflower.