Wait until weekend, after cold snap to plant some of your vegetables

Wait until weekend, after cold snap to plant some of your vegetables (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) With temperatures dipping into the low 30s this week, eager home gardeners may want to wait for the weekend to plant.

Tomatoes, basil, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers and melons are frost-sensitive plants that could be damaged in near freezing temperatures.

Katie Wagner, with Utah State University horticulture extension program, said she will wait until Friday to plant tomatoes.

If your plants are already in the ground, she suggests you cover them with frost cloth (available at any garden store) or plastic.

Even a cardboard box or a plastic trash or shopping bag will work.

Whatever you use as cover, make sure you secure the cover to the ground with a wire stake – so it doesn’t blow away with the wind.

Once the temperatures go back up, remove the cover immediately so you don’t block the plant from much-needed sunshine.

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