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Itís Now Gardening Season!


Date Posted: May 2, 2016

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener Itís Now Gardening Season!
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Here in zone 7a I have a tradition of not planting anything outdoors until Motherís Day. That date marks 1 week past our last predicted frost date. This year we have had warmer than normal weather, which gives us the opportunity to grow a bit earlier. Of course, you never know when youíll get just one more night of frost, but with the advent of all kinds of smartphone apps, you can get great weather predictions up to 10 days in advance.

It's Gardening Season
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Checking the Weather

Like I mentioned above you have a number of apps you can install on your smartphone to monitor the weather in your area. For me I have the weather channelís app. I plug in my zip code and I can get the weather forecast in real time for the next 10 days. Gone are the days of waiting for the 6:00pm or 11:00pm news to get the weather (yeah I know I am really showing my age with that tidbit of information).

It's Gardening Season
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Planting Based on the Weather Predictions

This year, because I was able to look 10 days into the weatherís future, I got a good idea of what the forecast would be regarding temperatures. Anything under 35 could be potentially harmful to heat loving plants like tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. I noticed a trend in the weather about 2 weeks out from Motherís Day where under 40 degree temperatures never appeared. Therefore I concluded that this trend would continue and that we were safe.

It's Gardening Season
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Protecting Plants in the Event Frost Pops Up

While the weather forecast has been pretty spot on right now, there is always that chance that some frost will pop up. If that does happen you can protect your plants by placing a garden cloche over them. You can purchase a cloche or use one gallon milk jugs, or other large plastic containers. Just make sure you use something to keep them weighted down as a fairly decent wind can easily blow them off. You can also cover your plants with some clear plastic tarp. Keep the tarp about 3 inches above the plants to make sure you trap in the warm air and keep it around the plants that need it.

It's Gardening Season
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What am I planting

As of the writing of this blog post the warmer weather plants that I have already planted include corn, tomatoes, sunflowers and beans. Over the next day or two the eggplant and peppers will go in, along with cucumbers and melons. Itís been raining like crazy here, making it difficult to work in the garden without making everything a mess. Although when the rain lightens up a bit, I do head out and get plenty of things done.

Gardening Takeaways

If you have a smartphone and do not have a weather app installed yet, by all means do so. Knowing what the future weather holds will go a long way into getting the best start for your garden.

Happy gardening!


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About the Author

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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