Joel says “Stop the Mother’s Day Madness!”
Don’t stop Mother’s Day, but let’s put an end to some of the horticultural craziness surrounding Mother’s Day! Here are three horticultural myths about Mother’s Day that we would like to emphatically debunk:
#1 – Mother’s Day is the weekend to plant the vegetable garden. FALSE! The Illinois State Climatologist Research says that there is still potential for freezing temperatures through the last week of May. Tender plants such as tomatoes, basil, peppers, beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, and summer squash can be killed in freezing temperatures. IF YOU CHOOSE TO PLANT – Either wait to plant these tender vegetable plants until after May 27 or be sure to cover them with a sheet or on nights that the temperatures get very low. Of course, you can plant cool weather vegetables now WITH NO WORRY such as lettuces, kale, broccoli, arugula, thyme…
Stay tuned to Blumen Gardens Facebook page for freezing temperature alerts!
#2 – Mother’s Day is the weekend to plant annuals. FALSE! The same principles apply as above. The potential still exists for freezing temperatures at night, so if you plant annuals now they are at risk for being affected or killed by low temperatures. Either wait to plant them or be sure to cover them up at night! (If you haven’t already, be sure to read the above information about freezing temperature warnings!)
#3 – Mother’s Day is too late to plant potatoes – FALSE! The fact is that now is a perfect time to plant potatoes. Last year our employee Laura planted potatoes at the end of May and she had a wonderful bounty of potatoes which she ate from all winter. The reality is that the old wives tale about planting potatoes on Good Friday is a bit of a laughable tradition. Depending on when good Friday falls each year – sometime between March or April – it can really be too early. If there is an over abundance of rain, the potatoes will rot in the ground.
At Blumen Gardens, we want you to have the most successful gardening experience that you can. This means telling you the truth, not just saying what you want to hear. Our company is proud of our knowledgeable staff who can help you through any of your gardening challenges. Stop by our Gift & Garden Shop this weekend or anytime this season so that we can help you on your gardening way.
And last but not least-
Moms, have a happy Mother’s Day!