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Q.How To Save Dying Vegetables

Zone Zone 6b | lhakundy added on May 9, 2020 | Answered

We covered our newly planted vegetables last night to prevent frost damage but I am afraid we ruined them. They are all wilted, some are yellow, some are dark. They do not look good and I am worried we will lose everything. Please send me some tips on how to revive them. Thank you

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Answered on May 12, 2020

Unfortunately, there is nothing that you can do to help them along, except for care for them properly.

I advise keeping what you can in container until you are sure that all threat of cold weather has passed. Most things that require direct seeding are very frost tolerant, typically.

I recommend going by your last predicted frost date, but even then have extra caution. Every year about this time, without fail, this becomes a very common occurrence. My method is to keep warm weather crops in container for as long as they will stand it. I try and wait until the soil remains above 50 degrees to be sure. This will cut all doubt, though will be a little tricky to master timing.

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