Protect Young Plants from Frost with Plastic Bottles

by Amy Gordon
(last updated June 15, 2015)

Growing new plants is always difficult, but it is especially difficult if you live in an area that is susceptible to frost. Frost is a killer of young plants, and if you plant your new plants or seedlings too early in the year, you could have trouble on your hands. It is even more difficult if you plant at what should be the right time of year, but then the area is hit with an unexpected frost.

If you want to protect your young plants from this quick killing frost, here is a little trick you may consider using. All you will need is a plastic two-liter bottle, a craft knife, and a little bit of time.

Take a clear two-liter plastic bottle and cut the base off with a craft knife. Remove the bottle cap and place the bottle, base down, over a single plant. The plastic bottle surrounding the plant is a simple and effective way to protect the tender young plant from frost, since it will keep it warm and the hole in the top will allow the necessary air to get through.

Perhaps the hardest part of implementing this protection is cutting the two liter bottle as you want it to be cut, since plastic can be very slippery. If you find that the craft knife slips and you do not get a clean cut, just put masking tape around the bottle where you want to cut and you will have more control of the blade.

It may seem like a hassle to keep all of these bottles for your plants, but it really is not too much of a hassle at all if you cut them as soon as you get them. When the bottles all have the hole cut out of the bottom of them, they stack up on top of each other very easily. That means that they take very little room, and you can keep them from year to year, for every time that you plant new growth in your garden in a time when frost can come.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

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