We all know that the trees in Calgary have seen quite a strain placed on them lately, but how is your garden holding out? We've seen crazy weather here during the last few days and while we certainly didn't expect to get snow, neither did your garden. Fortunately, there is good news. A lot of the plants and vegetables that you may have in your garden can probably withstand this temporary cool weather and snow.
Root crops like potatoes, carrots and turnips can handle these cool temperatures as can kale and spinach. On the other hand, peppers, tomatoes and beans don't do as well when forced to confront the cold.
You can help save your tomatoes, beans and peppers by covering them with fabric sheets that are available at local garden centres. Avoid using plastic, however, since it won't keep these plants warm enough.
If you have fruit trees on your property, look for any broken branches and prune them away quickly. If you see any split or torn branches, you may be able to save them by binding them together.
Most of the perennial plants that you probably have in your garden can withstand a bit of frost. The snow has actually been acting as an insulator against the cold weather and in most cases you can expect these plants to stand up straight once again once the snow melts from them.
Luckily, this was a quick and temporary summer snowstorm and the weather will be going back up into the normal range soon. Most plants in the garden are hardier than they appear and are able to withstand this abrupt weather change. Just keep an eye on your garden and if it looks like any of your fruit or vegetable plants are dying, you may want to pick the fruit now if possible.