I know many of us are sick of this wet, cold spring weather we are having. But I am afraid this is more normal than we remember. Many days in May with the gardening season do we have this kind of weather. It doesn’t make for gardening very fun. But I promise you it will be nicer and planting your gardens will continue.
I have to educate all of us to think that gardening just can’t be done in May. Some of you have told me that you have planted your vegetable garden in early June and it has been the best garden ever. So that will still be true in June.
Weeds will have come up and you will get rid of them for the first time, then you can plant vegetables and flowers. It will be easier to keep the weeds under control. I promise you.
Some of the vegetables like to be planted when it is warmer nights which we haven’t been having. So once that cycle comes then you plant and the garden will be happier and grow.
One of my best examples of vegetables to plant after June 1st, even wait till around the 10th is the vine plants such as cucumbers, squash, pumpkins. They don’t like cold nights at all, which we have been having. Once it warms up at night, dries out then you can plant and it isn’t too late, it will be just the right time. The seeds or the plants you set out will set in and grow. Also you will miss the first round of bugs, that will come in around the 1st of June.
Tomatoes, peppers, green beans, also fall into this group waiting for warm nights.
I know you have been here if you have gotten this newsletter, but wanted to encourage you that it isn’t too late to plant garden, either your flowers or your vegetables. Mother Nature has a way of taking care of us, and there is time yet. This is the words of experience. I have been doing this for over 30 years, so I promise you it will work again this year. Till next time, this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa