Central Oregon is definitely a rollercoaster when it comes to weather pretty much every season, and this spring is no exception. Just a couple weeks it seemed to be quickly turning to spring, so many people started planting plants and starting their gardens outside, but with these cold fronts, and in most areas, snow, here are some tips to keep your plants alive with the many more cold fronts we will be getting before the warm weather is here to stay.

Greenhouse- If you have started planting many plants in the dirt or raised beds, and if possible, build a greenhouse around it. It doesn’t have to be huge, but securing some piping in the ground in an arch, then covered in heavy duty plastic to not only keep warm inside, but protect from any snow, hail or ice that may hit.

Cover- If you are unable to build a greenhouse, or if you have just a few plants on their own, cover with sheets, plastic, or a lightweight blanket. Another great and unique idea is to use the tops of liter plastic soda or water bottles, and cover small, planted plants to protect at night. 

Bring Inside- If you have plants in separate pots and are able to, bring them inside at night, and take back out in the morning.

Bring Close to House- If you are unable to bring inside, at least bringing them as close to the house as possible and under the overhang of the roof can help by keeping them warmer and somewhat protected from the snow or cold rain.

If Plants Freeze- WAIT before digging up or tossing! You would be shocked at how many plants can keep growing even if they get frost-bitten and seem dead, so wait at least a few weeks. If there is very obvious dead leaves, you can cut them off, but otherwise, just let them be.

We hope this has helped give you some tips that can help with these cold (and snowy) days and night in the garden & yard.

The Jones Group @ Sunriver Realty

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