Gardening - Tarping to Avoid Frost Damage
Just to be sure, I covered the last planter with a couple Terry towels. Hope the cats leave everything alone.
What is a Tarp?
A tarp is a shortened name for a tarpaulin. A tarpaulin is, in my case, a twenty by forty foot piece of flat, reinforced poly.
It is like putting a blanket on the garden.
There are grommets, or metal reinforced holes along the edge. These grommets are for placing stakes through to secure the tarpaulin to the ground. Had i been using it to cover a car or building, I would have used bungee straps, large rubber bands with metal hooks.
But, since the garden is like an island far from anything secure, I staked with fiberglass stakes. I had to insert them in the ground at angle so they did not pull out and the tarpaulin could not blow off.
I also placed some heavy objects on top of the tarpaulin to secure it. Things like rakes, shovels, and wheelbarrows, ladders and posts.
The Next Day
The temperature is barely 40 degrees. Even if it's not cold enough to frost, I'm glad I took the time to tarp.