We wait all winter ⌛for this date. The first day of Spring. 🎉Its here! For us, it means that its grow time. But remember, the 'first day of spring' is a day that is designed to put on your calendar. It is not a license to go out planting seeds yet. Here's why.
It snowed here in Tennessee last week. The week before it was 70 degrees. Some ambitious gardeners got busy planting and their little tiny seedlings got frosted. That's why we pay very close attention to the last frost date in your area. There are two reasons to know your dates inside and out:
- You never know whats coming. Okay, those folks that got and early start got smoked. It almost always seems like that happens. Nobody expected those snowstorms in April last year. The last frost date is a statistical data point based on years of historical data. If you ask the old-timers in your area - they will tell you the same thing from their 50 years of planting experience. I just saved you 50 years of frustration 😉. Using data to garden better isn't such a bad idea IMO.
- You location matters. 3/20 in Wisconsin is way different than 3/20 in Alabama. It may creep up in temperature but one cold night can wipe out your tomato starts. Al Roker isn't looking out for your Cherokee Purple's - we are. Again, see last frost date for your area.
We are in Tennessee and our last frost date is the dreaded Tax Day - April 15th. Lets see, its 73 degrees today, a good looking 10 day forecast and we have tons of seeds to get in the ground. Its a gamble, but were rolling the dice. If you do - as they say in Vegas - Good Luck!