Day-length pretty close to its maximum now, the soils continue to absorb the sun's radiation and the average temperatures are climbing. May starts with an average low of 27°F and ends with an average low of 34°F. Our night-time temps have been WAY above average for weeks an averages are just the mathematical numbers in the middle of the extremes of reality. It will be nearly miraculous (or ominous) if we don't have more snow and a lot more frost. That is not to deter gardening, God-knows I've been going at it since early April and am delighted at my gardens. My comments are to remind you to be prepared to cover when the cold returns.
We are having a HUGE sale on our pre-packaged 10x12' 1.5oz frost fabric (packaged by "easy gardener") reg. 15.99 on sale for 10.99 through Memorial Day. It is great to use when transitioning plants from the house or shade to the outdoors as well. I just leave it over the plants for a few days. It is also important to have on hand in for fall cold when I often leave it over the garden for days or weeks at a time. AND as a bonus... WE use it top protect ferns, hosta, rhubarb, thimbleberry and dogwood from HAIL! it works great. If hail is called for, I cover plants before leaving for work.
Posted on Wed, May 16, 2012
by Eric Larusson filed under