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Gardening: When is it safe to play in the dirt?


I am so tired of winter and the weather while warming up is so unpredictable.  I just want to go outside and play in the dirt.   My flowers are coming up, the flower beds are clean and ready for planting but the temperatures keep fluctuating and it has been below zero at night.  I have all  my begonia' s in my plant room waiting to come outside to get some light.  They are in big pots (find its easier to winter them this way, then all I do is put them outside when its warm enough)  Does anyone know if it will hurt the to get a frost if they are not actually up yet?
May 08, 2014 @ 08:04 pm

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Would love to have a forum on gardening, from reading the profiles, there seems to be quite a few of us that like to garden.
May 09, 2014 @ 10:55 pm

Planting now

know just how you feel, but you can plant now. The only thing is if your plants
are temperature sensitive than you will have to cover them at night and keep
them covered on cold days. I don’t normally plant until after the May 24
weekend, but with the way things are going this spring I just might hold off a
little longer. I can’t be bothered running out there to cover every thing at
night after the weather man has given me the bad news, but if you’re willing to
go through the trouble of covering and uncovering your flower beds go for it.
Just make sure when you do cover them they are covered well and your coverings
won’t blow away in the middle of the night. I hope this helps, have fun in the
dirt! J

May 11, 2014 @ 11:16 am

thx takoda

Thanks! Our weather here in Edmonton has been so unstable. I usually have stuff in the ground (seeds) by May 1, but not this year. Because of our short growing season it is a good idea to plant the colder weather plants and things like pole beans as soon as you can. I have a plant room in my garage and do winter thinks like begonias etc. I smartened up and planted them in big decorative pots so all I do now is lug them in in the fall, let them die back and then start watering in the spring to bring them back. Good luck with your gardening too. Hope everything comes up just the way you want. Appreciate your advice.
May 11, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

Dad was a gardener....

...and he always said the safe date is May 24...hath.
May 12, 2014 @ 06:22 am


Thanks, that is what my 89 year old Mom keeps telling me, but I am so impatient. Winter though for us here in Edmonton, wasn't a bad one, just waaaaay to long.
May 12, 2014 @ 09:17 am

Now is the time

The weather has finally decided to play nice with us and I have gotten a sample of my desire to play in the dirt. Flower beds are all cleaned out. Can't believe how my lily's have multiplied. Every one else I talk to can't believe how many new ones come up every year. I guess the secret is to ignore them. Even my roses are doing fine and that is something for north central Alberta. Now to decide what to plant and where. I have a bad back and knee so my late husband made me a bunch of raised beds (so much easier than kneeling on the ground). I am going to try a few new things this year, heard that disposable diapers have those cute little beads that absorb the water and then release it at a later date. Pinterest had a few segments of how to use them so that's my first new thing, the a lot of my tomatoes will go into large pots so I can move them around if need be. The other idea is to plant things all together like teepee style pole beans with cabbage or some other cooler climate veggies in the center, again I got the idea from pinterest, looks like fun and who knows maybe I'll get a bumper crop this year. Happy gardening one and all.
May 20, 2014 @ 02:21 pm

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