by K. Marc Teffeau, Ph.D.
Spring in the Garden Since the threat of frost is now behind us, it is time to get to work in the home landscape as there are lots of gardening activities around the home and vegetable garden to keep us busy. May is when we are actively setting out annual flower and vegetable transplants. In particular, your tomato, pepper, and eggplant transplants become less
stressed when they are set out on a cloudy, calm day. Unfortunately, gardeners may need to transplant when they have the time, regardless of the weather. Strong sun and wind are hard on new transplants, so set out plants in the late afternoon when the wind dies down and the plants have overnight to acclimate. Pro-
It is important to protect your early transplants. 83
Tidewater Times May 2015