Have you read the back of the vegetable seed packets? For years I would watch the weather, constantly referring to the thermometer, to be sure the night temperatures were beyond freezing before I planted. This year, having more education about plants in general, I decided to watch the trees and shrubs in the garden instead of the thermometer. Maybe not full-proof, but far more pleasant a pass-time.
I finished getting the sod clumps out-of-the-way and preparing the vegetable bed today. It was grueling work, my body wasn’t recovered enough from the efforts a couple of days ago, but I have been watching the forsythia begin to bloom, the cherry tree has deep pink buds and the daffodils are about a week before bloom and felt compelled to get in the garden.
When my wonderful husband called this afternoon he mentioned that he heard on the radio a short piece about planting your beets, carrots, radishes, spinach and several other cold-tolerant vegetables when your forsythia blooms, potatoes when dandelions bloom and your hot-weather vegetables (annual herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.) when dogwoods bloom. We had to laugh about the timing of the radio announcement as I was becoming obsessive about getting the seeds out in the ground watching the plants this year. How come I had never heard or seen that kind of information before now?
Once the soil was ready and the sod clumps were piled, now soil-less, the sun came out to encourage me to finish the job. It didn’t take long to plant carrots, swiss chard, beets, kohlrabi and leek seedlings. I am glad to have that done for now so I can focus on preparing for Easter and a visit with my family.
It did strike me as odd that potato planting season is in full swing here in the Basin, but the dandelions are just green, I haven’t seen any buds yet. Makes me wonder about the basis of the guidelines – but the thermometer seems to agree with the forsythia and cherry tree, so I won’t question too much.