Monday, April 5, 2010

Potato seed pieces are ready for planting in the field and tomato transplants are ready for planting in the ground of the high tunnel.

This unusually warm weather is making it very tempting to jump the gun and start planting seeds/plants that would be killed or damaged by the hard frosts we are nearly certain to have yet this spring. Our friends at the local orchard said that the apple buds are two weeks ahead of schedule and they are concerned about the potential for frost damage. We are also wondering about this years strawberry crop which can be damaged if strawberry flowers experience a hard frost. We are planning to push our plantings a bit, for example, in mid-April if soil temperatures are high enough and we have a week of frost free weather in the forecast, we may plant sweet corn two weeks early. We are planning to put out our first planting of tomatoes two weeks early, but we have the back up protection of low tunnels this year. All the crops, we planted in the high tunnel are up and looking good!

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