I’m a gardening expert – here’s how to protect your plants from cold weather

GARDENING is all fun and games in the summer, but once the weather takes a turn it becomes loads harder to keep your plants alive.

Cold weather can destroy plants and crops if you don’t take the vital steps to preserve them.

David explained how gardeners can protect their plants from frost and harsh weather

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David explained how gardeners can protect their plants from frost and harsh weatherCredit: Tiktok/@daviddomoney

Luckily, gardening expert David Domney shared a few clever ways to protect your plants on his TikTok account and website.

According to the pro, “all you need to begin with is a place to over winter.”

This simply refers to putting your summer blooms somewhere safe to protect them from the winter weather.

David uses a green house for his plants, but if you don’t have one in your garden you could also put them in a conservatory, porch or even near a large window.

The pro explained that he likes to overwinter geraniums, fuchsias as well as begonias and other bedding plants.

However, there are some plants that might not be worth the effort of overwintering, like petunias.

David said: “it’s a no really, I’m just going to let them finish off, they’ll naturally die back and I’ll take them out of the container.”

The pro also noted on his website: “Large, established specimens can be placed in a sheltered spot against the wall of the house, which should be warmer.”

If you have any hardier plants your best bet is to wrap them up in a “pot duvet”.

He explained: “You can wrap pots up to help keep the compost and plant roots warm, a couple of layers of bubble wrap is a great insulator.”

You can even make pot duvets from bin liners filled with shredded paper or straw, they might not be the most visually pleasing but they get the job done, according to David.

The one thing to remember is to never cover the compost surface with any added insulations as “your plants may rot.”

Not all plants will overwinter well, but others will look lush if you protect them

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Not all plants will overwinter well, but others will look lush if you protect themCredit: Tiktok/@daviddomoney

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