Originally Posted by NorCal
I garden here in Eden so my experiences are a little different. That said, straw or other mulch mounded around and almost over each plant will help a lot. Any old cloth, a towel, a shirt, an old sheet thrown over a plant will also do the trick (and look white trash as hell to boot = Texas Winning!). Really anything that provides some insulation. I've never used an upside down pot but I bet that would work as well.
Frankly I would try to protect my starts. Those sound pretty young and it does not take a very deep frost to fuck up your life. If it is not too much work, I'd toss a sheet or a couple of towels over the starts tonight.
Also mulch is the shit. Keeps thinks cool, warms, moist, and builds top soil. Use it with abandon.
I've heard good stuff about straw/mulch; I definitely think I'll be putting some down after I get the last couple of plants in the ground. I wish I had some to put out tonight, but I haven't picked any up yet.
The weather forecast for tonight now includes a frost advisory, so I went ahead and covered everything up. I wish I'd taken a picture - I'm pretty sure I reached new levels of white trashiness. I was a little worried about crushing the stalks on my shoots, so, instead of just throwing sheets over the plants, I turned over some lawn chairs and made little tents with the sheets. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough chairs and sheets to cover everything, which meant I had to further improvise with a bucket, an old pot, and a jug to cover the remaining few plants. It is, in a word, trashtacular. I am soooo glad my garden is in the back