Saturday, May 23, 2015

Is it safe to plant?

It's always a gamble with when to plant fair weather transplants. The weather was warm early this year, then it cooled down again with frost advisories every other night.
I always wait until Memorial Weekend to plant tomatoes and peppers because they grow slower when it gets too cold at night. Besides I'm lazy about covering them at night. Normally I plant beans and squash seeds around May 15, but I was out of town and it's just as well, since they wouldn't have made much progress with these cooler temperatures.
All is not lost if it does frost. If you have plants or flowering trees that are frost sensitive and you didn't get them covered before a frost, go outside before the sun shines on the plants and spray water on them, rinsing off the frost. This works for a light frost, but not for a hard frost or freeze.

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