Weather and Planting

By: Stacy Berman Email
By: Stacy Berman Email

April 16, 2009

Now that we are about a month into the spring season, many people are buying their bulbs and potting soil. But before you go digging in the garden.. You might want to monitor the weather closely... As GMC's Meteorologist Stacy Berman shows us.. A frost in April or May may mean no flowers or vegetables in June.

The month of April sees highs in the mid 60s to low 70s and lows in the lower 40s to near 50 degrees. Mid April is the perfect planting season for trees and shrubs.

"Any of your trees and shrubs are going to be great to plant now. The new growth is just starting to come out, there is some great availability on the plant material and it's a great time to get them in the ground and get them acclimated and to be able to enjoy all the flowers in your yard this spring", explained Norm Carlson, Operations Manager at Snows Garden Center.

So flowers... Yes... Vegetables... No...

"It's still a little bit early. Everyone is itching to get the tomatoes and the peppers and the cucumbers and the patience and the marigolds and things like that in the ground."

Early... In case of a late season frost. Our last frost is usually around April 16th, but it can occur into early May. So if cold temperatures are upon us and you already put your vegetables in the ground, don't panic.

"If they are calling for a frost, or it looks like we are going to get some of the colder temperatures, go out there, late in the evening, throw a blanket over them, or a bed sheet, anything like that is going to work really really well. the only thing you want to avoid is using a plastic trash bag or plastic sheeting or plastic tarp", said Carlson

Don't forget to take the coverings off the plants the next morning when the sun comes up, or you will bake them. As for watering your plants...

"Just keep an eye on what the actual soil moisture content is. go out there and literally put your finger down in the soil. Feel what the moisture level is in the soil and if it's starting to dry down, go ahead and water."

The good news is that with all the rain we've seen recently, the soil moisture's are in pretty good shape. But if conditions get dry, Carlson says to go ahead and water the plants, just don't get yourself on a schedule of watering, or water right after it rains.

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