So, we’re have plant sales featuring edibles and decorative plants you can put out right now. Join us at Pipers Pub, 4700 Hammond Bay Road, for the first one on Saturday, April 25, from 10am to noon. We’ll also be there May 2, May 9, and May 16. (The following week, of course, is the our BIG plant sale: the annual Family Garden Days.)
If you are starting seeds indoors, you could sow the most tender plants now: squash, cucumbers and melons. If you are keeping cucumbers and melons in a greenhouse, you might have started them earlier. On the other hand, plants for greenhouses can be started even later than this, if it fits your schedule better, because they grow so quickly in the warmer conditions. And everyone, let’s all remember that this has, so far, been an exceptionally warm and early season so if you haven’t planted potatoes, set out strawberries, put out the peas and generally gotten your gardening act together–don’t worry! you are not too late…in fact, in some years we could be just barely getting going in early April.
Nurseries are setting out an expanding selection of hardier vegetable starts. If you plant them out now, do cover them at night with plastic or use cloches or floating row covers to keep them warmer. It is still pretty cool at night with ground frosts still occurring in many gardens this week.