Bazmundo, on 02 April 2012 - 12:09, said:
Yes my Pieris has started flowering, so might try the sprayed water technique to make the morning thaw slower on Thu and Fri when there's full sun from the off.
What kind of Pieris is it? I have a Japonica and that has been out in flower for nearly a month now - the bumble bees love it?
Talking of spraying in frost - funnily enough my dad was telling me about this just the other day. I think it has something to do with doing it before the sun gets on and how gradual the thaw is - an old, old method. I guess it stops the cells bursting like some fruit does when frozen and then defrosted. Strawberry being an example. Apparently, if you freeze them quickly in liquid nitrogen then defrost them they remain fresh and don't go mushy.
Something to do with how quickly the ice crystals form I understand.
Big Dave, on 09 April 2012 - 10:58, said:
Potato shoots survived the frost last week after being well covered up with mini-cloches and fleece etc, but now we have a threat of a longer spell and colder for several mornings at the weekend and into next week. As the potato shoots grow taller and get larger it gets more difficult to keep them covered up so the best thing is probably to bury the shoots with more loose compost - and hopefully that will prevent any damage.
Does look as if late frosts will be a bane this spring...
Mine aren't even planted out yet. I am still getting the shoots going on a window sill