Spring is Here

Winter came early last season.  We had snow on the ground before the last leaves fell from our trees. They eventually fell and are now messing up my yard.  For the past 2 days, the weather has been beautiful.  Sunny and 60 degrees.  Now that my peeps have left the building, I have an opportunity to do some work outside while it’s still nice out.

It is customary for us to plant on Mother’s Day weekend–the second Sunday in May. The timing for planting flowers and vegetables is alway a big question mark. Last year, we could have planted early, because the last frost was early in the season. Who knows what will happen this year. Frosts have occurred as late as Father’s Day weekend–the third Sunday in June.  All we can do is make a decision to plant, and check the weather forecast until summer officially arrives.

Newspapers over the plants will do the trick, but if we forget or get caught off guard, a tip is to water your plants first thing in the morning after a frost. Often times, the watering will save a plant that wasn’t covered.

We will sow more veggies and fewer annuals this year. I prefer perrenials. The perrenials are so nice, they come up when Mother Nature tells them to, and they are hardy through a frost or snow. This year, we will have an assortment of tomatos, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, and gourds.

I have little concern about critters invading my garden. We have few rabbits on our block, and the deer have stayed away, too. My neighbors 3 blocks down aren’t so lucky.  With a little luck and some decent weather, we will have a bounty of healthy fresh foods in mid summer.

Published in: on June 1, 2009 at 11:27 am  Leave a Comment  

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