Suddenly it’s spring-really suddenly. Actually it feels more like summer today 82 degrees. Tuesday it will be 90 degrees. If I’m confused and scrambling for my tee shirts imagine those lettuce and spinach plants wiping their many brows. I know there is a big debate about global warming, but this local warming gives me pause. Enough on that however, back to the plants, the cool weather veggies.
Oh dear here we have these wonderful little garden kits that we are busily packing and shipping filled with lettuce and spinach and kale and sweet peas and it’s 90 degrees. What’s a gardener to do?
My solution I check the Farmer’s Almanac. They have an online resource that gives you two months of weather predictions and so far they have been pretty good. You just plug in your city and state and you get the scoop. Try it http://www.almanac.com/weather/longrange For my area, the Southeast, they are predicting a warmer spring (3 degrees warmer) and a cooler summer. So it’s back to the packing because there are all those folks up north who keep calling and as for around here, there are all those tomatoes, peppers, watermelons and squash. Besides, my favorite gardener Sue always planted what and when she wanted. She told me her plants couldn’t read so they did quite well in her garden. She put the cool loving ones in the cool areas and the heat loving ones right out in the sun. This has been my philosophy ever since. I grow lettuce late in the Spring-just in a more shaded area and I plant ones like Red Leprechaun or Freckles that are more heat tolerant.
The garden boxes are getting good reviews and it is so much fun when people send us pictures of their new gardens. Feels very friendly and I like that… Here s some pictures we’ve received and a few of our own.