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TIDEWATER GARDENING

by K. Marc Teffeau, Ph.D.

Don’t Rush the Season

day will be radiated back out to the atmosphere, and temperatures will drop. So be prepared to cover the plants that you’ve set out. You can, however, seed or set out cool season plants including peas, cabbage, broccoli, onion sets, potatoes, lettuce and root crops like beets and carrots. Flowers in this cool season group include pansies, sweet peas and larkspur. Last frost dates are important, but what is often overlooked by gardeners is soil temperature. One of the reasons you do not plant warmseason vegetable transplants like tomatoes in early to mid-April, or

Finally! Another winter is behind us and we can look forward to a beautiful spring. There’s lots to do outside, but let’s not rush the season ~ especially for warm-season f lowers and vegetables. The average last frost date in Caroline County is April 17, and in Talbot it’s April 16. But remember, this is an average, not the exact date. The average frost date can vary as much as 5 to 10 days depending on your location in the county and proximity to a body of water such as a river, creek or the Bay. It has been my experience, however, after living on the Shore for over 34 years, that we can get a killing frost the first week of May, so be prepared to protect early plants with a fabric cover, basket, or similar covering. The full moon is April 11 and May 10. I have observed that on full moon nights, with a clear cloudless sky and temperatures forecasted in the low 30s, frost damage is most likely to occur. Any heat from the

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