Weather Garden Tip: What can we plant in early May

Placing a hot cap on a vegetable plant to protect from frost / Mark Torregrossa

It has been a slow trek upward for temperatures this spring. If you are itching to plant your vegetable garden, there are plenty of veggies that can go in the ground now. Let me start with the seeds you can plant now: radishes, carrots, beets, spinach, lettuce, greens, and peas. Also, potatoes and onions can be planted right now. Finally, many plants started in greenhouses can be planted. Those are cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts.

A good question is what can TMt you plant right now. All of the vine vegetables are the most cold sensitive plants we grow in our Weather Gardens. So you have a while to go on cucumbers, pumpkins, squash, and melons.

What about tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. Well, if you can cover them on the 3 or 4 cold nights we still have coming, you could plant half of your tomato and pepper crop. I say half because if we get a very cold night with temperatures below 27 degrees, these plants will die even if covered.

One option is to use a hot cap, which is a mini greenhouse made out of wax paper. You can find these at From Buds To Blooms on M-25 in Essexville.