Flower Planter Spring Frost Blankets In A Pinch

Early bird gets the frost! That's what I get for planting flowers in my planters before the May long weekend. Here in the Canadian prairies, there is always a risk of frost during the month of May. I knew better but wanted flowers more.



Caught off guard by the frost warning on the news, Mr. Frugalista and I ran outside in the rain to quickly make frost blankets with clear bags. If you live in a 0-3 plant hardiness zone and get caught off guard too, here's an idea for how to quickly protect flower planters from spring frost in a pinch.



How to make quick and easy frost blankets from clear yard waste bags in a pinch to protect large flower planters from spring or late summer frost.

How To Quickly Protect Flower Planters From Spring Frost

We got soaked in just the five minutes it took to cover all our planters. Everything you need to make these flower planter frost blankets you may already have in your shed. But if you don't, you may want to keep the suggested supplies handy so you are prepared for that unexpected frost warning.



How to make quick and easy frost blankets from clear yard waste bags in a pinch to protect large flower planters from spring or late summer frost.

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Instead of frost, we woke up to a blanket of snow - in May! The flowers should be insulated enough under the plastic to survive this unexpected surprise.



How to make quick and easy frost blankets from clear yard waste bags in a pinch to protect large flower planters from spring or late summer frost.

Here's How We Did It

You can get as fancy or as simple as you like to make these flower planter frost covers.



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Simple Flower Planter Frost Blankets

We used leftover PVC pipe from our raised garden covers because we had them on hand. But 1 x 1 lumber, tall wooden plant stakes, or hula hoops crossed in the middle would work. Simply stick the stakes into each corner of the flower pot and then slip a clear plastic yard waste bag over top. That's it!



How to make quick and easy frost blankets from clear yard waste bags in a pinch to protect large flower planters from spring or late summer frost.

An alternative is to use old sheets but they get weighed down when wet. It's so much easier simply slipping a clear yard waste bag over the stakes to cover the flowers. Plus you can tie the bags on the bottom so the wind doesn't blow them off. Even better, use drawstring yard waste bags to tie them.



How to make quick and easy frost blankets from clear yard waste bags in a pinch to protect large flower planters from spring or late summer frost.

Raised Garden Bed Frost Protection

For your raised garden beds, you can get all fancy and make these mini-greenhouses with hula hoops or flexible PVC pipe.



How to make quick and easy frost blankets from clear yard waste bags in a pinch to protect raised garden beds from spring or late summer frost.

We plan on storing these designated frost blanket stakes in a bucket labeled frost blanket supplies so next time we get caught off guard, we're prepared. Because there is a likelihood they'll be needed again in late summer in our region.



Once the frost warning has been lifted, here's an idea for keeping those flowers blooming all summer long with this DIY Eco-Friendly Rainwater System. If you want to save your back when planting your annuals, here a simple potting bench idea that you can make in an afternoon.



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  1. This is a great idea for protecting plants when Mother Nature fools us and gives us a late spring frost.

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    1. Thanks Paula! We are in day two of cold temperatures and woke up to frost. So far these quick frost blankets are holding up well.

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  2. I love this idea for the frost, Marie! We have been using sheets and they do get heavy if it rains too. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Hugs,
    Tee

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    1. After three days under these frost blankets with both frost and snow I'm happy to report the flowers survived! We lost some of the blooms that were touching the plastic but the plants will be just fine.

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  3. It is so crazy how weather can be so unpredictable. These are great Marie and I am glad your flowers survived. Happy Sunday. xoxo Kris

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    1. They aren't looking a pretty as they were but they survived. Nothing some fertilizer can't fix. Happy Sunday back to you! xo

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  4. Your spring planters are gorgeous Marie. And ya, with this Canadian weather you never know right?! Happy May 24 my friend! XOXO

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    1. Happy May 24th to you as well, Denise! I hope it's been a good one so far. xo

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  5. What a great idea Marie! We don't have to worry about the snow anymore where I am but the wind... oh boy...

    Tania

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    1. Thanks Tania, I'm happy to report that they worked! I don't mind snow in November & December but come January I want it outta here. LOL Wishful thinking.

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  6. Great idea for a simple and quick protection. I cannot believe how great a gardener you are Marie. I simply gave up a couple years ago when a five year old tree had blossoms and the last May snowstorm killed it.

    Hubs isn't as bah humbug as me so he is trying to grow tomatoes in big buckets. As he has crutches I ran out and carried all those little darlings into our living room for a week.Lets hope its finally Spring. Again lovely yard.

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    1. Oh Leanna, I have such a brown thumb and struggle with gardening but I'm too dang stubborn to give up. Every spring I plant in full gusto determined this will be the year for a record harvest and every fall I'm sadly disappointed. BUT THIS IS THE YEAR! LOL

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  7. Oh yes, Idaho can really catch you off-guard as well. The bags are a smart way to save those pretty flowers. It would have been so disappointing to have lost them to a hard frost.
    Thanks for sharing all your posts at the FWF party :)

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    1. I would have been heart broken to lose them $$$ Thanks goodness we watched the evening news for the heads up.

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