Cover your crops! Professionals prepare for frost warning and explain how to protect plants in the Ozarks

BRIGHTON, Mo. (KY3) – Friday’s frost warning prompted many home gardeners to protect their young plants.

Professionals around the Ozarks are also taking action, but on a much larger scale. At Gardener’s Orchard and Bakery in Brighton, they unfurl huge blankets to protect the flowers of a field of strawberry plants.

The covers act as a blanket, keeping the plants below about 10 degrees warmer than the outside air. The farm manager says you can do the same for your plants by using a plastic sheet. He also suggests an extra step to help keep your fruits and vegetables warm.

“Fill a bunch of water gallons with lukewarm water and place them next to the plants,” Andrei Gradinariu, agricultural manager at Gardener’s Orchard and Bakery. “The warm temperature of those gallons of water will radiate and protect your crop. It’s very, very effective.

Workers cannot use blankets to protect the farm’s peach harvest, so they will use fire instead. They plan to light several slash and burn piles near the orchard to warm the air around the trees, which should protect most of them from freezing.

Here’s a look at what to expect for Friday’s frost warning:

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