There are few types of vegetables that don’t always survive winter in my zone 9a garden without protection when temperatures dip below freezing.
In the past, I have protected my San Marzano tomato plants with success by covering them completely with frost cloth.
This year, I decided to protect my bell pepper plants. The reason was because they were producing so well up until December and I didn’t want to have to wait a long time for new peppers.
I believe I’ve told you before that patience isn’t my strong suit.
Of course, this was the winter when we broke records with temps in the low 20’s for five days in a row. I wasn’t sure that my peppers would survive, even with protection.
The upper leaves did suffer frost damage and had to be cut back.
I wasn’t sure if the base would form new leaves. I have been checking every week now that the temperatures are warming up.
Guess what I saw last week?
Bell Pepper plant planted among garlic and nasturtiums.
There are new leaves growing from my pepper plant! I can hardly believe that it made it through the coldest winter we have had in over 30 years.
How about you?
What warm-season vegetables have you been able to over-winter?Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."