Photo/Illustration: Michael Gellatly
Living in the mountains of West Virginia, I have to be prepared for late-spring and early-fall frosts. My solution is to keep several pieces of insulating plant fabric in a garbage can with wheels. When frost threatens, I quickly wheel the garbage can full of fabric around my acre of gardens and cover my tender plants. If the cold weather lasts for several days, the plant fabric will breathe and allow moisture to get to the plants. When the weather warms up again and the fabric has dried in the sun, I wheel the garbage can around the garden again to collect the fabric.