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Post Frost protection
What are people using for frost protection (for their vegie garden) and where do you buy it? I need to start getting plants out of the lounge room.

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Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:15 pm
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Post Re: Frost protection
Hi Crinia

The answer is ........ Nothing!!!!!.
I am trying only to grow frost hardy stuff over the winter. I have cabbage, Brussels sprouts, onions, leeks, carrots (large red chantenay and "all rounders"), parsnips, beetroot, broad beans, spinach, lettuce, rocket and radish all doing OK in the foothills of the snowy mountains. So far so good.


Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:00 pm
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Post Re: Frost protection
I've got red cabbage, wombok, snow peas and spinach in. About to plant my 1 brussel sprout and 1 broccoli ( I really suck at growing brassicas - can never keep them alive). Please keep us updated on how the parsnips are going, I was under the impression I shouldn't plant he till spring. What month did you put the carrot and parsnip seed in?

Crinia

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Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:46 pm
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Post Re: Frost protection
Hi Crinia
The parsnips are really the fag end of the summer crop. I have left them in the ground but they were better 6-8 weeks ago. I grew from seed - but I cant really remember when I planted them. Many months ago though. The carrots on the other hand went in - in early May I think. There are some varieties they say you can plant year round but I like to get them up and away before the REALLY cold weather.
Best of Luck

Robbo


Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:54 pm
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Post Re: Frost protection
Thanks Robbo

I've put a few frost tender plants in and stacked straw around them to see how they do at the next frost.

Crinia

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Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:16 pm
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Post Re: Frost protection
You could always try cut off large softdrink bottles to give the plants some protection - sort of like a mini greenhouse. I haven't used them myself but hear that they work quite well.

R


Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:31 pm
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