When to plant your Frost Sensitive plants/seeds?
Some risk takers are out there planting their tomatoes right now. Yep, they might be eating fresh garden tomatoes in July. Or they might be out planting again in a week because an unexpected frost hit one night and wiped out their first planting. It’s a risk and some folks are prepared to take it. A frost doesn’t necessarily mean that frost-sensitive plants will die. You can certainly get out there and cover up your babies when the weather station warns of frost. It’s always a fun commotion. You manically scream to anyone within ear shot to round up big bowls, pots, empty pop bottles, buckets, etc. Your hair instantly self-frazzles. You make a mad dash to the garden and cover up each plant in a frenzied panic, practically throwing yourself over the plants in a heroic attempt to take the hit yourself. The next morning, as you’re sipping your tea and basking in the warm morning sun, you gaze to the garden and for a split second wonder what on earth your favourite fruit bowl is doing upside down…….eeek! Another frenzy of bowls, pots, and buckets being tossed in the air, lifting them off of half-baked tomato plants because that warm cozy morning sun was cooking those little guys. And then you pray that the frost warning is just one night. Please not again. At least that’s how it plays out in my household. I’m sure there are the prepared gardeners who are cool, calm and collected about the whole thing and have the buckets lined up on the sidelines to be gently tipped over when the evening temperatures drop.
Or maybe you are a conservative gardener and you know that patience pays. You will wait until the evening temperatures are comfortably above the 8-10C mark because you know that pepper plants get stunted by temperatures cooler than 10C and that the tomato plants are happier in the greenhouse/nursery/south facing window for another week or so where they can spread their leaves and soak up the heat and sun in their cozy coconut husk pot. You already have your lettuce, peas, carrots, and kale planted, or you are planting it now, so you’ve got some things growing. You’ll wait to plant your frost sensitive plants until you know they will be cozy and warm without the risk of household panic attacks.
It’s an individual decision. If you want my expert opinion (ahem), I’m going to wait. I remember 2013. Je me souviens 2013. I’m might make some buttons 🙂
Frost sensitive plants include: Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchinis, squash, melons, basil, beans, annual flowers, etc.