Frostproof container planting
May 11, 2010
Frost in the field - May 11th
We have had beautiful weather in New England this spring if you discount that week with the thirteen plus inches of rain which fell all at once. Otherwise, we have had ample moisture, many days of warm temperatures sprinkled with the usual cooler days. We had an early warm spell which has driven many to actually plant tomatoes and set out the warm weather annuals. A friend of mine who runs a garden center told me that many of the growers are out of tomato plants. What will happen if there is a serious frost in the next two weeks? There will be a scramble for the plants left at the garden centers. Some will be caught short.
Morning light on the garden
Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend is planting weekend for warm weather crops in southern New England. The last full moon in May is on the 27th and no farmer from days of yore would ever plant his tomatoes before that full moon. This is really just a guideline as frost can still occur after the last full moon. I am left wondering what has happened to those common sense rules of gardening? There are few working farms left in my town even though there is now a resurgence in locally grown produce and more land is returning to cultivation. Still, land is worth more as a house lot than for vegetable growing.
Pansies, Heuchera and Lysimachia
There are plants you can use in containers which are frost resistant. I planted up a few early in April which is about the time that the gardening bug is at its' most feverish point but it is also too early to do much but clean up the garden.
The container by the garage is a bit battered and best viewed from a distance. This is planted with Sedum 'Angelina', Euphorbia 'Tiny Tim' and pansies.
Viola 'Etain' is also lovely in a container. This one needs some additions but for now sports only the viola.
You can also plant lettuce in the garden or in containers. This container is handier for me as it is closer to the kitchen. The feathery plant is cilantro and violas, once again, add some color. The cilantro is ready for picking but the lettuce needs another week or two. In two weeks I will be planting the other containers with the tender annuals. Well, two weeks and a few days since the full moon is on the 27th. Why take a chance with Mother Nature? I find that she usually wins.