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I planted strawberries in a small raised bed this weekend, it is now snowing. Do I need to cover my strawberries to protect them from frost or will the snow provide that protection?

  • What variety of strawberry is it, and how cold will it get? – Brōtsyorfuzthrāx Mar 21 '18 at 7:32
  • Not sure on the variety. Lows in the 20s highs in the 40s. USDA Zone 5b – Freiheit Mar 21 '18 at 12:14
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    Most strawberries should survive those temperatures, although as many are fit for the extreme end of that hardiness zone (which can get a lot colder than 20° F.) We'd probably be able to find out for sure if we knew the variety. If you got them locally, I imagine they'll survive your winters, snow or no snow. – Brōtsyorfuzthrāx Mar 23 '18 at 9:12
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No. Snow is a good covering that protect against frost. Snow is made by snow flakes, so there is a lot of air (but also compact, so that such air cannot escape easily) , which insulate the soil.

On my region they say "Snow means bread, frost means hunger".

When there is no snow, you should care much more about frost. A garden tissue is good. Or just leaves (if frost is not extreme and long).

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