The phrase, “We jumped from winter to summer” is definitely not being spoken this year. It is more like, “When will spring ever end.” For all of you folks that want to get gardening this year has been delayed by at least 3 to 4 weeks. The forecast as I write this story is for temperatures to drop down to 38 and 37 degrees during the week of Memorial Day and that is discouraging for us all. Let’s hope that while you are reading this story, the weather is warming up.
People always want to know when it is safe to plant flowers and vegetables and the theories are anything from the 10th of May to after Mother’s day or to wait until Memorial Day. This year the Memorial Day theory is the correct one. It is hard to guess as we all have seen years when the weather has been safe from mid-April on with just minor frost threats.
My advice is to first, remember this year next year. Make notes on your calendar. Also, try harder to garden in stages by starting in the fall with bulbs. Planting bulbs gives you a very early and safe flower garden in the spring. It also slows down your need to rush the spring season. If you plant a vegetable garden, do it in stages as well. Start with all of the crops that tolerate cold temperatures and frost. Later, plant tomatoes and peppers then at the end of May it should be safe for melons, squash and cucumbers. These last three cannot stand even cool temperatures let alone cold.
Gardening should be fun and rewarding. Planting your flowers too early only to watch them die is not enjoyable and can be expensive and a lot of work if you have to do it twice. One of my favorite local gardeners hasn’t even purchased his first plant yet. Maybe instead of watching the weather, we should be watching my friend.
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