I know, I know. Cool heads say to wait til after memorial day in the hudson valley but, this year, with everything greened up so early, has anyone found the courage to laugh at history and plant the little darlings now? I have one day off to plant if I get the go ahead here. That’s Tuesday, May 11th. Would it be a fools errand? Do tell, or weigh in……… Thanks
Don’t do it. Sunday through Tuesday there are frost and freeze warning posted (as low as 28) and it’s just too unpredictable still with the weather. Lots of cold air headed our way, or so we are told is the meaning of all this swirling that’s gaining stretgth today.
I think it depends on whether you’re a gambler. I don’t think there’s anything wrong in picking up a few seedlings from a nursery and plopping them into the ground to see what happens; I would not want to put my whole flat of carefully-brought-from seed-heirlooms in the ground at this time of year. Plant what you’re ready to lose; you might win, and your loss won’t hurt too much. It might be interesting to plant a couple now, a couple in two weeks, and see what the difference in production is. The earlier ones might bear earlier; the later ones might catch up. If you pay attention, next year you can apply the results to your next experiment–I mean, garden.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.