Garden Time?

Our recent stretch of mild weather has the trees beginning to bud out, some south facing tulips already in bloom and the lakes in Becker and Otter Tail County free of ice. This of course has many people itching to start planting their gardens. The record for the earliest last frost of the Spring is April 17 that occurred just three years ago in 2007 and the latest occurring on the Summer Solstice, June 20, 1969.

Since 1881, 89 percent of the years had the last frost on or after May 1 with the average date being May 14 in Fargo Moorhead. That means that our average last frost is still nearly five weeks away. In fact, our average last day with a low in the teens was just a few days ago on April 6. Eventually we will all need to roll the dice and plant knowing our springs are fickle, but waiting a couple more weeks would be prudent.

1 Response

  1. buffalogal

    I usually follow my late Mother’s maxim about gardening: don’t plant things til Memorial Day. I used to plant the garden when school was done when I was still teaching; I had marvelous gardens then too! Soil warmth seems to be a key component.

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