Wednesday, April 14, 2010
when the oak leaves are the size of a lambs ear
While we do use the oak leaves as a main indicator of planting time and it is pretty darn reliable, we also realize our last frost date is still well over two weeks away. We also looked at out 15 day outlook and there is no weather forecast under 43 degrees and we have not had a frost in about 5 weeks now so the chance of a hard frost that we would be unable to protect the few things I planted is almost null.We have had temps in the mid to high 70s for over 2 weeks now and the weather really had me wanting to plant a bit and take a chance.
I only planted a few things that are not frost hardy so if needed we could protect things. I planted 7 tomato plants and a few dozen corn seeds along with a couple zucchini, cucumber, summer squash and a big ol pile of mixed beans in my woodland garden experiment. If something happens and the seeds don't germinate we only lost a few seeds that I had plenty of. If things go well we will be eating all those veggies a couple weeks earlier than if we had waited until our last frost date to plant. A chance I was certainly willing to take.