May And It’s To Cold To Plant My Garden – What’s Up With That?

The Bad News Is: The 3rd morning of May. My temperature was setting at 31.7 (-0.16C) for more than 3 hours. It wasn’t a hard freeze but it surely was not beneficial for my warm weather plants like yellow summer squash and peppers. Checking my soil temperature I found my soil at two inches deep is 48 (9C)degrees, still a full 12 degrees below the 60 degrees (15.5C) needed for planting most summer garden crops. Note: When planting peppers you soil temperature needs to be 70+ degrees. Peppers germinate best with soil temperatures between 75 to 80 degrees.

The Good News Is: My weather guy is forecasting night time temperatures falling into the low 40’s and pushing into the low 80’s by Tuesday next week. What a difference a year makes. May 3rd 2012 we had a low of 60 degrees and a high of 97 degrees, squash and cucumber were in full bloom.

Brrrr, I just went out an inspected my peppers and squash. I think the peppers will recover from this cold spell, but I’m not so sure that the squash will recover. If they don’t look any better in a day or so I will rip them out and replant squash the same time I plant my cucumber seed.

It warmed up a bit and this afternoon I (using a tractor and box blade) moved another 500 or so pounds of old hay and cow dung onto my compost pile. It seems that I can use my homemade compost faster than I can make it!

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4 responses to “May And It’s To Cold To Plant My Garden – What’s Up With That?

  1. This has been a slow spring. Our Azalea’s just opened this weekend. Keep those peppers warm. I’m going to experiement this year, now that our gardens are large enough, and made a pile of compost (say, about 3-4 feet wide) at the end of each section of the garden. Next spring, I can just pull it over the bed, without having to haul it another time. Maybe, I’ll write about this next year, if it work.
    Oscar

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    • Re hermitsdoor – That’s pretty much what I do. I pile my compost near one side or on the end of my garden, then when needed I use a box blade to drag and spread the compost over my garden before tilling it into my tiny gardens clay based soil. Grin … my dirt is getting better all the time.
      Happy gardening

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  2. Our usual planting day isn’t until the third week of May, and it is just now starting to look hopeful, but in the meantime I lost my sunflowers that had already sprouted. Time to replant those.

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    • Re wordsfromanneli – for us it has been a really odd and cold first week of May. Friday morning we were 1 degree warmer than the all time rerecorded record low of 30 degrees set in 1907. We almost never have a freeze after the 15 day of April.
      I’m hopeful this means that we will not have any or at least only a few days above 105 degrees this summer.
      I hope you can soon get your hands dirty and your garden planted. Happy spring gardening

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