October 15, 2013 at 10:12 am #257935
The biggest headache for us at this time of the year is frost…..and especially this year!
We get extremely warm days that ‘inspire’ new growth and blossom which can easily be cut down by a frost……yesterday got to minus 4 after a cosy 28 degree day.
Our stratagy is to ensure planting only ‘hardy’ plants and hiding the more tender plants under trees and other cover. We have had apple blossom and pears crumble promising a crop failure this year….the parrots will have to find their apple supply elsewhere.
I am preparing an area on a hill in order to plant out some new fruit trees in the hope that the frost will be less destuctive on a slope.
I know this isn’t the usual problem in Oz but does anyone have any solutions….short of moving!October 15, 2013 at 11:33 am #534018
I’m on a frost border, so front yard gets frost (1st of may to 30th of Aug) back yard doesn’t get it s much, maybe a month. We have raised part of the front yard by a good foot. To help we will also be planting a wind/frost brake.
I think there is a felt type blanket you can but to wrap plants in or you can put stakes around the plants and wrap in hesion (sp?).October 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm #534019
We get savage frosts here in south east SA. I find a -4c frost will kill anything remotely frost tender to a height of up to 5 feet. I’ve tried heavy mulch, shelter planting and rock cairn and car tyre surrounds – nothing works.
Last year was a shocker, we lost all new growth on new grapevines and lots of other veg. We even can have a frost in early December. This year – touch wood – so far, so good. I plant the veg as late as possible and keep some stuff under mini hot house tunnels but then you risk frying them on the warm spring days. It can be very frustrating.October 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm #534020
minus 4 is a mild night here – with minus 8 a regular feature. I try to plant natives which are both frost and drought tolerant though even they seem to suffer after a warmer spell has resulted in new growth. I think you just have to live with it and assume your crops will be affected from time to time. Around here we consider we are doing well if we get an apricot crop every six or seven years as if the frost does not damage the blossoms, the galeforce winds blow them off. :laugh:
The native hop is a good frost and drought tolerant plant which is becoming a bit of a feature in my garden – as a windbreak and privacy planting.October 15, 2013 at 9:56 pm #534021
…..probably no grapes this year but fortunately some of the apples and nashi appear to have ‘set’! We will have to wait to see what develops.
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