June 02, 2013

Should I Be Planting Now?

The cold spring has been hard on gardeners and commercial vegetable and fruit growers alike here in Colorado. Hal Walter writes at Farm Beet:
According to [Arkansas Valley Organic Growers] farmers many crops are between three and four weeks behind schedule, and some were destroyed by wind and extreme cold, causing farmers to have to replant.
Here are two useful tools to tell you at if it's time. The "Garden Planting Calculator"  takes your ZIP code and tells you when the best planting dates are.

If you want to make your own calculations, Roots Nursery offers tables to help you calculate when to harden-off indoor plant starts and when to sow outdoors, based on air and soil temperatures.

(Indirect hat tip to Heather Houlahan.)

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