Owner of Chesterfield Berry Market moved all his plants inside to protect them from the cold
CHESTERFIELD, Va (WRIC ) – Local farmers are taking precautions to make sure recent overnight freezing temperatures don’t damage their crops.
One farmer in Blackstone lost ten of thousands of plants to frost Tuesday night, costing him thousands of dollars. He says he had recently planted tomato plants, not expecting temperatures to drop so suddenly.
Aaron Goode, owner of Chesterfield Berry Farm and Market, says the cold is something farmers deal with every year.
"Normally we have a lot of tables out here with plants on them and hanging baskets," he says, pointing to the tables outside of the market.
But with the recent freezing temperatures overnight, Goode decided he wasn't taking any chances.
"We moved the pepper plants, the tomato plants, and all the annuals and perennial plants and hanging baskets. So we just kinda put everything inside."
At his farm, they use a specific weather service to get canopy temperature, which is the temperature on the ground.
"At the farm last night, it got down to freezing but we had these floating row covers on top of the strawberries to protect them," he says.
"We'll probably have to pump water tonight with our irrigation system to protect the blooms. and the way that works--water actually freezing gives off heat and it keeps the plant right at 32 degrees."
And for those with plants outside, here's a word of advice:
"Stuff that can be moved inside should be but they can also use blankets or sheets or something like that to help put on the plants to help protect them from the frost," Goode says, also warning against covering your plants with plastic because you can get condensation under there, which can freeze.
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