Throughout my life, even as a child, I have consistently awakened before daylight, usually much before. It doesn’t seem to matter what time I go to bed, I still beat the sun up. I do admit to retiring most nights by 9pm. This weekend insures I will get an additional hour of daily darkness, as we ‘spring forward’ Sunday morning with daylight saving time. Somehow, I never seem to be able to actually save any daylight. Perhaps it’s just me.
Whether you’re an ‘early to rise’ person or not, you probably have noticed that our weather pattern seems to be supporting an early spring arrival. We have had high temperatures in the upper 60’s to 70’s for the past week; looks like more of the same for the week ahead. With everything flowering out, and trees budding up to push leaves, even Mother Nature seems to believe it. I encourage you to look at your calendar and believe what it says: We are still a month away from our average last frost date.
The last frost date is pertinent with regard to planting annuals. It does not apply to anything else. If you are working on your landscape, planting trees, shrubs, and groundcovers, this weather is perfect. If you are contemplating your vegetable garden, you need to be thinking about working up your soil and planting cool season vegetables. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and Swiss chard are all examples of cool season plants. Those can be safely planted outdoors now.
There are a great many gardeners who wish for the earliest tomatoes possible. There is nothing wrong with that so long as you understand they will almost certainly require some protection over the next month or so…and yes, we do have tomato plants in stock.
We are in need of extra help this spring. If the thoughts of working outdoors, making a bit of extra cash, and getting an employee discount sounds attractive, download this application and bring it in! We’d like to talk.