Talkin’ ’bout the Weather

One of the great things about having a gardening blog is that you can talk about the weather without it being merely a social nicety. The weather is actually interesting – and vital – to gardeners. Well…as long as you don’t belabor it too much. After hearing from the same people year after year that “the weather was bad for tomatoes this year,” you get a bit suspicious as to whether it was really the weather or perhaps something else contributing to the problem…

Anyway, that’s not what I was intending to talk about in this post. If you’ve been watching the local weather, you’ve probably heard once or twice…an hour…for the last few days that we’re supposed to get about 3″ of snow over the weekend. The low for Saturday is supposed to be in the upper 20s. Then the questions start. What about my ____ that is growing? I just planted _____ seeds. What to do?

If you are concerned about your spring flowers or other plants that are starting to grow…there’s really nothing to worry about. They will be just fine with the blanket of snow over them.

If you’ve planted some seeds, don’t worry! The soil and snow will keep them insulated from the cold. Just don’t go planting your cabbage this afternoon. Wait until next week, and all will be fine.

Looking at the trees and other plants that are slowly starting to show signs of spring, it seems like things are about 2 to 2 1/2 weeks behind the average right now. So trees that might usually be in bloom right now aren’t, and the cold weather won’t hurt them.

Although we are all looking forward to more spring, I’m not going to complain too much about the trees being behind. Maybe our peach trees will escape a damaging frost this year! I really want some good peaches this summer.

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on March 19, 2010, in Around the Garden and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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