Getting a jump start on your garden

By: Joseph Dames Email
By: Joseph Dames Email

Yesterday's nice weather may have had you thinking about garden planning, but the incoming storm may be causing second thoughts. With beautiful conditions yesterday with temperatures in the 60's, we're now looking at a soggy and cold weekend.

"This is absolutely a great time to get started on gardening, a lot of folks don't realize that, especially when we talk about vegetables. We kind of divide them into two groups, cool crops and warm crops," said Dennis Hill of Bookcliff Gardens.

It’s the cool crops experts say you don't have to be afraid to start now. cool crops actually need to get a head start before the summer heat takes over.

"The cool crops actually need to be planted now, they thrive in this cold, they'll tolerate some frost, and I’m talking about things like cabbage and broccoli and cauliflower,” said Hill.

Another good idea if you're looking for a bountiful harvest, start preparing your soil now.

"The best thing I think to be doing now is preparing your soil, digging in some compost, we actually have wonderful soil if you add some nutrients to it," said Angeline Barrett of Meadowlark Garden.

Barrett says you can also get a start indoors, but warns the right light is important.

"If you don't have a good sunny window the plants kind of get stretched or leggy. often times indoor light is just not what the plants want, they want sunlight"

If you're planning warm crops and flowers, don't be fooled by the warm weather because forecasters say we'll keep seeing a back and forth trend.

"periods of the cold weather as we will get this weekend it is going to drop down below freezing if not below freezing with a chance for snow, and then we will get a southerly flow which will then warm us up again, this is really not uncommon it is spring time this is what we expect," said Tom Renwick of National Weather Service.

Weather forecasters say it isn't until mid may the overnight low stays consistently over the freezing mark. That means you may want to stick to just the cold crops and tilling your soil until temperatures get warmer for good. Garden specialists stress those cool crops can handle the frost and you don't really need to worry if temperatures fall down into those frost temperatures.


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