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Old 03-29-2012, 06:29 PM   #1
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Anyone else frustrated?

I live in the upper Midwest, (NW IL), and we've have a freakishly warm spring. I'm looking at my little gardening plots and really, really wanting to get out there and get started. On the up side, we're having more time to get those beds prepared this year. The tradition is that you plant frost-vulnerable plants after Mothers' Day. Last year we had our last frost several days after that. Even one of my greenhouse owners had signs on her basil plants warning, DO NOT PLANT OUTSIDE NOW!! My perennial and biannual herbs are up and thriving and in use already. I've got my spinach planted and started to come up, and will probably chance lettuce soon. It's so tempting to jump the season. I suppose luckily, the stores don't even start to carry seedlings that can't survive a frost for awhile yet! Otherwise we'd all be tempting fate.

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Old 03-29-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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I'm having the same situation, Claire! Must....wait...till...May....
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:50 PM   #3
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We just got back from the garden... Kathleen put in lots of stuff.

That doesn't help does it?
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:09 PM   #4
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Well, I think we had our first and last frost, both on the same day, sometime last year.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:47 PM   #5
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We just got back from the garden... Kathleen put in lots of stuff.

That doesn't help does it?
Me too!

If the world gives me good weather, I'm not gonna look the gift horse in the mouth; I'm gonna plant!
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:51 PM   #6
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With last week's super warm weather, it was really, really tempting to put some seeds in. This week's weather proved that that would've been a bad decision. But, I have had the "chicken tillers" out cleaning out stinging nettle, etc., along the deer fencing around the garden. They are such good workers.
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Old 04-08-2012, 03:44 PM   #7
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I AM struggling with this warm weather spring because I HAVE planted before memorial day a couple times and then it froze and all my transplants were frozen off. Then, I have to start over and BUY transplants. $$$

Our season is too short as it is, this would just be the BEST weather to plant in and I'm just afraid, very afraid. Yet I'll be wasting the best spring in recent history.

I'm also afraid the beautiful pear blossoms will be frozen off if we get snow this week. The apple trees are almost into blossoms too.

The only thing I have confidence in are the garlic gardens, garlic will recover a late frost. I'm betting the leeks we over wintered will recover too.
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I AM struggling with this warm weather spring because I HAVE planted before memorial day a couple times and then it froze and all my transplants were frozen off. Then, I have to start over and BUY transplants. $$$

Our season is too short as it is, this would just be the BEST weather to plant in and I'm just afraid, very afraid. Yet I'll be wasting the best spring in recent history.

I'm also afraid the beautiful pear blossoms will be frozen off if we get snow this week. The apple trees are almost into blossoms too.

The only thing I have confidence in are the garlic gardens, garlic will recover a late frost. I'm betting the leeks we over wintered will recover too.
We're supposed to get a hard freeze tomorrow night. I'm gonna suck it up and wait to plant till around Mothers Day, as usual.

My blueberries are blooming, and my apple tree's blooms are about done. A hard freeze will mean no fruit, we shall see. I can cover the BBs, the apple tree is too big.
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We're supposed to get a hard freeze tomorrow. I'm gonna suck it up and wait to plant till around Mothers Day, as usual.

My blueberries are blooming, and my apple tree's blooms are about done. A hard freeze will mean no fruit, we shall see. I can cover the BBs, the apple tree is too big.
You lucky duck, with blueberries!
Our apple trees are too big too--but, should push come to shove, I guess I could take every available bed sheet out and throw them as high as I could onto parts of the apple tree. I wonder if I'd get apples just on the parts I protected? I might have to find out this year.
They are predicting 31 degrees F for a low for Mon and Tuesday for here.
Sheets on the trees--I'm sure my neighbors will think it looks nice.
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We're supposed to get a hard freeze tomorrow night. I'm gonna suck it up and wait to plant till around Mothers Day, as usual.

My blueberries are blooming, and my apple tree's blooms are about done. A hard freeze will mean no fruit, we shall see. I can cover the BBs, the apple tree is too big.
Would smudge pots work for the apple tree?
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