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Gardening tips & tricks from UNH Cooperative Extension: Can I put my garden in yet?

Monday, April 30, 2012

Our weather has been, lets admit it, a bit warm this year. I don’t know about you but the sunshine and warm air makes me want to get out and start my gardens early. But is this a good idea? To find out I turned to UNH Cooperative Extension for some advice.

I didn’t get good news. Although the weather has been unseasonably warm for months now, its still dangerous to begin spring gardening. Especially considering the frost this weekend.

Their advice to me? Consider covering my perennial beds with a sheet if a frost is predicted and be careful not to plant my annuals before mid-May.

This is the hardest piece of advice I must admit! My local hardware store/garden center has a ton of flowers out but most, according to John at UNH, are not hardy enough to endure a frost. Too bad! I long for spring color, but annuals are expensive and I do not want to kill them!

Need help with your garden?

The UNH Cooperative Extension Education Center and Info Lineprovides practical solutions to everyday questions for the citizens of New Hampshire. The center is staffed by professionals and intensively trained volunteers who are available to answer your questions about:

Backyard Livestock
Lawns and Landscapes
Home Energy
Pest Problems
Tree Planting & Care
Fruits and Vegetables

You can call toll free: 1-877-EXT-GROW (1-877-398-4769) or 603-629-9494 Monday through Friday 9:00am to 2:00pm. and Wednesday evenings from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. You can also email your questions to: answers@unh.edu with questions about your gardens.

Also provided is soil testing and home & garden fact-sheets that can help a new gardener or improve the skills of the more advanced.


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