Friday, April 30, 2010

a feat of derring-do

The rule of thumb, not to be disdainfully ignored or defied under any circumstances, is never plant your garden before Mother's Day if you live in Wisconsin. You think you can, you think you ought to, but you mustn't. The last two summers I've had to wait to plant late in the season because of other people's schedules and felt incredibly ripped off by waiting those extra weeks.

Mother's Day is next weekend and the forecast is 60's in the daytime and a lowest low of 42 at night until then. The lilacs are about to bloom which means the white bass will be running on the Wolf River by mid-week. I've already pulled the big weeds out of the potager and spread a thick layer of composty-dirt across each bed. Seed packets lie in neat rows on the counter, waiting for my grubby fingers to rip them open.

This year the Mother's Day rule was made to be broken.

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17 comments:

  1. i always plant to early. and pay the price. not that i plant on the scale that you do, but still...

    except this year. i'm so determined to finish my office i'm putting off any yard work or gardening.

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  2. our garden is in paper egg crates and compostable containers in front of our huge west window....can't wait to plant them, but we'll hold of until later May ;) you never can tell with midwest weather!

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  3. We have the Mother’s Day rule here too. And yet my tomatoes went in last night. I never learn!

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  4. When temps are in the 80s it's so hard not to plant....but then you are out there many nights covering things because of the frost warnings! I hear you loud and clear. We have many things growing in little peat pots that can be moved outside and then into the garage for protection. Lettuce, kale and spinach are in and coming up....I can't wait!!!

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  5. We had a week of mid-to-high 60s. Then my husband bought two small tomato plants and set them outside. That night it dropped below freezing and we got snow the next day. I guess MT is the same way as WI. We generally can't plant until we no longer see snow on certain mountains. Or, so they say. ;)

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  6. The lilacs are in bloom here! I don't know the rules for planting here but have been daring and started our terrace herb garden for the summer. Herbs are hardy individuals after all!

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  7. Hi green girl! I'm an ex-Minnesotan living with my Irish hubby in Ireland. I came across your blog through Laurie at ThreeDogBlog.

    I have to say that I'm a Gaelophile (loving one everyday) and I've betrayed my family of Anglophiles just a bit (our heritage is English and Welsh. Ireland has such a rich culture and deep deep roots. I feel them growing around me.

    Of course I'm still an Anglophile in some ways, since my literature and TV is dominated by the large island to the east of us. And I absolutely love London!

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  8. I am so with you on not waiting. I've had my tomato plants for weeks.

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  9. What a gardening rebel, you are!! I will keep my fingers cross for mild weather in Wisconsin.

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  10. How nice that the trout run in time with the lilacs. Good luck with your garden. :)

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  11. We ALWAYS put in our first plants on Mother's Day...

    and we're trying not to put in much new this year, what with not knowing if we'll be here to appreciate it...

    YET, this is the earliest spring I can remember. I've spent hours combating spreading grass (into the gardens) and tackling dandelions already. The weeding is keeping me busy, even before we plant a thing.

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  12. Ooh, you're living dangerously. I have seeds started indoors, but I won't plant the garden itself until (gasp) Memorial Day. I'm looking for topsoil to build up my new tomato plot; any recommendations? Free is best, but inexpensive is good, too.

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  13. LOL As I sit here, I'm watching the snow come whooshing down. ::sigh::

    I'm ready for spring, darnit!

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  14. Don't do it, Green Girl. Resist the urge. Do not succumb to temptation, no matter how nice the weather.

    The rule here? Victoria Day Weekend (same as your Memorial Day) and even then, it can be sketchy, you will still be covering things at night!

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  15. Technically, people here in Maine say never to plant until Memorial Day, which is just impossible to wait for. I always wind up planting early and having to run out and cover my tender annuals with sheets when we have a frost warning.

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  16. I found out about this rule the hard way. Last week I went for it. Planted bright red geraniums, beautiful purple petunias and salvia. The temperatures dropped to freezing that night and the next morning my salvia was dead. We didn't have this problem in Washington... Live and learn.

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