No matter where you live, extreme weather can ruin your garden. Our gardens are exposed to the elements whether you receive a thunderstorm with high winds, experience a drought, get flooding from a sudden heavy downpour, or have an early or late frost. Fluctuating weather patterns can lead to severe damage. Preparation and prevention are much better than damage repair which can be frustrating and off-putting to a beginner gardener. Bob Vila explains 10 ways to weather-proof your garden. I found his idea of using natural versus inorganic mulch on cool weather plants fascinating. Winter in Florida is the time for cool weather crops like carrots and cabbage.