When I moved to Utah, everyone told me that I couldn’t plant my summer vegetables until after Mothers Day, to avoid the dangers of frost. Coming from California, where you can garden practically year round, this was some hard news to hear. So you can imagine how surprised and curious I was when I started to see vegetables at the garden centers set out as early as March.
Well, when I was at Home Depot several weeks ago, I happened to see a vendor from Bonnie delivering plants. I stopped him just as he was jumping into his truck, to drive off. I asked him “Why are all of these summer plants out, isn’t it too early to plant these vegetables in my garden?” And do you know what he said? He said “No! Just watch the weather and if it gets below 35 degrees, simply put a 5-gallon bucket over the plant to protect it from the cold wind.” I was so pleased to hear this because, after a long cold winter, all I wanted to do was get into my yard and start working as soon as possible. He also said “You can use a plastic sheet too. Just make sure the plastic doesn’t touch the plant, otherwise, when its wet and cold, the plastic will freeze to the leaves, harming the plant.”
To test this theory out, I purchased one roma tomato plant and one bell pepper plant. So far these plants are doing tremendously well, I already have a little tomato growing and its only April!
I think this the easiest way to plant vegetables early because no tools or building is required. What about you? Do you have any good tips that you would be willing to share with me?
Until next time,