Freeze Protection Formula

April 7, 2009 | By | Comments (4)

News flash!! Sandra Jonas In Georgia just sent me this organic farmer’s recipe for protecting his fruit trees against frost, in case you’re worried about your plants tonight.

“I know many of you have plants that have already budded. I read in A. F. Beddoe’s book Nourishment Home Grown, about a recipe he uses to protect his newly budded trees in the spring. I plan to do this tonight and tomorrow on my blueberry, pear and plum trees that I cannot cover. I thought I’d pass this on to you just in case you wanted to try it too.

Here’s the recipe:

1 pound Ivory Snow

½ pound high calcium lime

Mix in 5 gallons of water.

He says to mix well and agitate while spraying to keep the sprayer from clogging up.

He says to spray to cover all blossoms and stems. You will know it is well covered because the stems will be white. This will dry on the tree and form a plastic-like covering that protects the tree from losing moisture and heat and keep it from freezing.”

May the force, not the frost, be with you.


  1. Cameron (Defining Your Home Garden)

    No freeze here, but it was close! My thermometer was right at 32 this morning. The wind helped a lot.
    I’ll have to file this recipe for future frosts. The days of frosts after 15 April 2007 did a lot of damage.

    April 8, 2009 at 10:06 am
  2. Grumpy Gardener

    If Christopeher Walken says to put Googly eyes on your plants, I’d certainly do it. That way, you can make eye contact with them and tell when they’re really cold. The weather people told us it was gonna freeze last night and nothing much happened. The weather people need Googly eyes.

    April 8, 2009 at 9:09 am
  3. Jean

    I am keeping this formula. I am always in a quandry about what to do when it frosts late.I always worry about my green Japanese I had some little pieces of insulation laid them on the top then put sheets all the way to the ground. I now see it is not freezing..whew! 37F at present.Native azaleas almost in full bloom..and it would be a shame to lose those again!

    April 8, 2009 at 5:25 am
  4. MFH

    Can you also spray on GOOGLY EYES with this mixture? Thanks to one of your earlier columns that I forwarded to a friend at work, my office is now covered in googly eyes! It’s become hard to convince others that serious work takes place there… It’s possible that I may want to help one of my friends avoid frost damage but I’d like to include a “little something” extra. I’m certainly open to other suggestions.

    April 7, 2009 at 9:13 pm

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