Planting Time
Published on May 30, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, my colleague Margaret Hartley writes about the planting season in her weekly column, Greenpoint.

Here's an excerpt:

"Beyond the parades and backyard picnics, the flags and the hotdogs, Memorial Day weekend is the traditional time for garden planting.

Some of you, those in the tropics of Albany and Schenectady, may have already put in your tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and other heat-loving plants that cannot tolerate a frost.

Up north where I live, we prefer to wait. Our plants are growing nicely in their little pots, strawberry boxes and coffee cups, staying out in the day and getting tucked in at night like the babies that they are.

Our garden beds are ready for them but really, it doesn’t hurt to wait. Where they are — hanging out in a plastic-covered shelving unit that we refer to as the incubator — they are gaining size, girth and root systems, and a lot faster than they would in the still-warming soil.

And we’ve been known to have frost as late as June 6, although that’s not likely this year."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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