It's been a frosty few mornings in Okotoks, which is bad news for any early gardeners who may have started planting during the summer like weather in Okotoks just a few weeks ago.
Judy Kolk, from Kayben Farms says if you haven't planted your annuals yet move them inside whenever the temperature is around zero to four degrees Celsius to prevent damage, however, if they're already in the ground there's still a way to protect them.
"If you've already planted annuals into a really large pot that you can't move, or if you've already planted them in the ground, don't panic," she says. "You can put a laundry basket, large garbage can or some kind of a frame over top that you can cover with a tarp or old quilt will help protect them."
Kolk shares if the plants are damaged there still may be a way to salvage them.
"It depends on how badly they're damaged, so wait until about partway through the day and have a look at the plant, and if they have an almost transparent look, pick those leaves and parts off. If it doesn't look like that then you'll probably be ok."
She adds the general rule is to only plant annuals after the May Long Weekend, however, it's a good idea to watch the forecast after that time, as anytime the weather gets below zero degrees Celsius plants will be damaged.
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