Early June: You Can Still Plant

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I would like to say, is that for most people in most parts of this country? Early June is not too late to plant. Now there may be some areas you know in the Florida, you know Texas where it's very hot already. Even in those areas you can probably put in some of those heat, loving plants, tomatoes, eggplants that stuff. Yeah, yeah, but in most parts of the country you can still be planting in early June, and frankly through most of June and it. You can still plant some things from seed so if you haven't yet. Yet put in seeds for your summer squash or your cucumbers or your beans get them in the ground now the warmer soil temperatures will mean that those things will be right out of the ground and up and running, and we'll just catch up. You'll be amazed at how quickly they catch up and other things like the Salads and the Rubella and crops like carrots and radishes by all means plant though seats so are you saying that the warmer soil temperatures will shorten the germination time on those seeds? Yes, yes, though the warmer the soil, the shorter. Shorter Germination time for most plants you can plant a lettuce seed in April in it might take two to three weeks to germinate that same lettuce seed in May might take a week to germinate, and that led a seed in June will be up and three days. Well, that's great especially. If you're an impatient, Gardner like me now I wish I hadn't planted my lettuce seeds. Already because I'm going out there every morning and I'm looking and I'm like where are you? Where are you come on, show your face. Okay, that's good to know it is. Is Not, too. I think a lot of people do think if they haven't already started their seeds by June that they've missed the boat and I'm glad to know that that's not the case that's right and in terms of planting from plants, you know it is a little late to start a tomato from seed right in the ground, but you can certainly plant tomato plants and eggplant plants and pepper plants now so it's not too late to get those in the ground implant form if your garden centers still have them or if you have had them. By your kitchen window, or or in a place you are feeling more and more guilty that you have put them in the ground that happens to a lot of us. Don't feel guilty. Just get them in the ground. I have a friend in Wisconsin and so he's like zone four and he posted the other day on facebook. Because other people are saying Oh. Yeah, there. These are tomatoes. Got Them Ready I'm going to put him outside and he's like. Don't do it. We're going to get some more frost up here and he. He really is a hardcore about this, and he said he said. Said I don't want the earliest tomatoes I want the most tomatoes, so he waits, and he puts his tomato plants out later, because then they are more vigorous, and they do produce better because those soil temperatures are warmer, so take a lesson from that it's not just a matter of last frost date that's deceiving without testing the temperature of your soil with the soil thermometer. You can get a good idea of soil temperature by what your nighttime temperatures are, and if the nighttime temperatures in your area are going below fifty at night, then the soil is too cold for those warm weather crops. But once you can look at that long range forecast in you see that the nighttime temperatures are reliably above fifty for the next seven to ten days. That's a sign you can plant, and for some regions like northern Vermont to and Cape. Cod and northern Wisconsin that fifty degree at night often doesn't come until into June well I. think that's the perfect takeaway and we should end it right here. I did not know that about nighttime temperatures, being reflective of soil temperatures, and I would say to all of our burgeoning vegetable growers there. That's the most important takeaway from this

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