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Spring is here!
And we have a lot to choose from to color up your Easter weekend.
Please remember that it is still a little early to plant your tomatoes and other vegetables with out taking the chance that a late frost will kill them.
However you can plant bedding plants like petunias, dianthus, wave petunias, ageratum, alyssum, marigolds, lantana, dahlias, snapdragons and a bunch of other annuals. You can also plant perennials, trees and shrubs. If we do get a late frost, it may “bite” the plants (that means kill the bloom or new growth; they will turn brown or black), but you can clean them off and the plants should survive. If we get a late hard freeze, you will need to protect your plants with a sheet, blanket or bucket as best you can. A hard freeze of 28 degrees or less will cause significant damage or will kill most plants that are not established.
Cole Crops refer to early season cold hardy vegetables that include cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, lettuce and chard.
In the deep south, cole crops need to be planted by the first of March. In the mid-south (Arkansas and Oklahoma) they should be in the ground by the middle of March. However this year, we have had such a cool, wet March so far the ground has been too wet to plant. I think that gardens will be able to plant their cole crops later this year.
What happens with cole crops is when the temperatures heat up, the plants just don’t fo as well. So planting early and growing cooler is better.
Farther north, cole crops can be planted on up into April.