#3: Last Frost

This Friday, May 6th, marks Nova Scotia’s official last frost. It seems too good to be true, but the weather is warming up and it is time to get planting outside!

Many of the plants we are beginning to put outside now at the garden were seed started weeks ago. If you don’t know, this simply means getting the seeds germinated inside before the last frost, so we are a bit ahead of the game. I personally started tomatoes, bell peppers, and swiss chard, while the garden has started cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumber and a large variety of herbs. This coming weekend we will be putting all of these plants outside, and the garden space will be bursting at the seams with all kinds of crop producing plants.

If you choose not to seed start, there are many crops that can be planted in the ground during early spring and can tolerate the heavy frost. These include:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Mustard greens
  • Parsley
  • Spinach
  • Turnips

With last frost also comes the opportunity to plant flowers and other ornamentals outside again. If you have any tropical plants that come indoors during the winter, now might be a bit early to give them outside freedom, but certainly early bloomers and cold-tolerant flowers and ornamentals can be given the freedom they deserve! Pansy’s and Brown-eyed Susan’s, as were planted at the garden a couple of weekends ago, are very cold-tolerant and could be planted now. In fact, Pansy’s prefer the cold and do better out of direct sunlight. Other cold-tolerant flowering species to plant right after last frost include daffodils, lilacs, tulips and crocuses.

Most crops can be planted after last frost. These include:

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Swiss Chard
  • Beans
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Cucumber
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes

The time of warm weather and green skies is coming quickly! Hopefully you are well prepared to plant your own flowers and crops, and get the growing season started. If you are looking for more information on what to plant and when you can check out the following resources:

https://bonnieplants.com/library/which-veggies-for-which-season/

http://halifaxgardennetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Nova-Scotia-Planting-Guide.pdf

http://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-dates/NS/Halifax

Enjoy the upcoming warm weather!

Landon Getz – External Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

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