Covered Beds Protected From the Freeze

Last week a cold front was headed our way and I was not looking forward to 20 degree temperatures.

Prepping for the freeze takes me on a tour around the farm to make sure everything is protected and this includes the garden.

This time we were also expecting wind so I knew it would feel even colder so I got out the plastic tarps to cover my covered raised beds.

The plants ended up being covered for five day because I didn’t see the point in uncovering them for a 40 degree temperature boost in the afternoon.

Braving the cold is not my favorite thing, especially when it’s windy.  Maybe you’re better at braving the cold?  Would love to hear your tips!

Finally the temperatures began to rise and what a thrill because we got around 68 during the day and just a mere 50 at night. So I got outside to remove the covers so these plants could get some sunshine.

I wasn’t sure what I’d find but was very pleased to discover these plants did wonderful and it’s my hope the next 24 hours they’ll bounce right back.

This bed also did pretty great and it appears harvesting lettuce and carrots are necessary.  Bringing veggie indoors this time of year is such a wonderful thing.

It seems the covered raised beds did a great job projecting the plants from the freeze and makes me think how can I improve on this system in the future?

I didn’t realize our cold front was going to go on for several days so  was glad the tarps protected everything and now we can continue to enjoy fresh veggies through winter.  That such a neat gardening perk!

15 comments

  1. Karen says:

    I totally relate! I'm inside – warm, and thinking of those plants outside that need covering – and it's COLD out there…
    I covered 2 portions of my bed with blankets during the windy chill earlier this week. The animals were inside at night so I didn't worry, but that pesky black lab did it during the daytime! He used my blankets as a warm wallow! I left my covering on for the same reason – why bother taking it off for a little sun, then back on for the next night? He smashed my gorgeous parsley and broke some broccoli leaves, but the rest seemed okay. They survived and will recover I am pretty confident, but I've learned a lesson: the next raised beds I build will be like yours – with the covered top. Wildlife gives me no problem – it's our pets I have to fight with!!!
    Thanks for a great post – your broccoli & lettuces look beautiful!

    1. Hello Karen – You will love these covered raised beds. When we sell this property and establish a garden in our next location I'm thinking about just doing these for the majority of everything and then making some a bit narrow and the covers a little taller. They make life easier and I can use my Hoss wheel hoe in them too. We have rain tomorrow so it's my hope that broccoli bounces back, I think it was really the weight of the tarps that made them flop. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving always nice to hear from you! -Carole

  2. I love the boxes. I really need to get some buil like you did. The old Iowa (sea level)girl got translated to the Rocky Mountains. I have a great enclosee patio with some "garden" area. it is more liek bake clay. So I gres in buckets. Things grow great until…the sunshine shines differntly then evertying is burnt to a crisp in 10 minutes. (6,00 feet elevation.) OR the hail mows my plants down. Thantkyou for sharing your idea. My plan is to build a box with a green house over it or I will never be able to eat my home grown tomatoes again.
    PS I am scouting around for a few blogs to review on a new site. So if yo odn'tmind I will be scouting out your site over the new week to see waht you have. Feel free to point somehting out are particularliy proud of.
    I cmae from the blog hop today.

    1. Hello Malika – The covered raised beds are great I really love them because you can cover them with plastic and turn them into a year round garden. Hope you enjoy browsing through the blog if you have any questions please feel welcome to ask. I love to build in conjunction with my garden and some of my most popular posts are the direct compost and anything that is soil related. Fall gardening was a hit and everybody seems to love my building projects. Quail in the garden is another favorite. Enjoy – pages you'll enjoy are Home and Garden and Garden quail..
      -Carole

  3. Awesome idea! Pinned and tweeted. Lou Lou Girls

  4. Tanya Anurag says:

    This is such a helpful article for all of the garden keepers out there. Thank you for linking up at WUW!

    Hugs from party co-host,
    Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

  5. Nancy A says:

    Hi Carole, I'm a first time visitor through Tues. with a Twist # 82. Thanks Carole for the wonderful suggestions for keeping gardens cozy in cold streaks. We sure have fluctuating temps. here in the southwest. We use old sheets, drop cloths, and even stuff they sell for the purpose. Glad your crops survived so well. If you get a chance, please check out my blog post on Dec. Colors and Gratitude. My other blog is obloggernewbie.blogspot.com Nancy A.

    1. Hello Nancy – Thrilled you found me – I hope you subscribed today, I'm giving away Free building instructions for a Christmas Tree Wall Piece. I love my covered raised beds they're great and make life easier. Temperatures are all over the place this time of year here too. Blessings for a wonderful week – -Carole

  6. Tanya Anurag says:

    Hey! Congratulations on being featured on Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party. Check it out here- http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2014/12/wake-up-wednesday-45.html

    Hugs,
    Tanya

  7. Hi, Carole, I'm Louise Douglas a new cohost on wakeup Wednesday Linky. I think your cover beds rock and makes life easier for garden growers! I retweeted and I'm your new +google follower. Have a great day Carole

    1. Thanks for stopping by – Remember to link up here on Tuesday's – I co-host for Tuesday's with a twist – we start at 7 am. These covered raised beds are sweet. Little insight my goal is to get the building plans up next month.
      Hope you subscribed – I'm giving away a free PDF with instructions to build a fun Christmas Tree Wall piece.
      Blessings! -Carole

  8. Your gardens are just amazing, thanks for sharing this on Fabulous Friday a few weeks ago, hope to see you this Friday
    Thanks
    Maria

    1. Thanks Maria – I enjoyed fresh lettuce today and a few carrots – Love letting my fall garden grow through winter. Feeling spoiled. Just hoping for some Broccoli soon. -Carole

  9. You are so good!! Your plants are snug and happy.

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