Planting Times

PAgrower(z6 PA)April 19, 2005

I am still a bit new to the gardening thing. I just went out and bought $100 worth of perennials and annuals. I planted them all in a full sun area of my garden. Have I planted to early? Am I going to lose them? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jim

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Your perennials should be just fine. They may suffer a bit if they weren't properly hardened off, that is gradually introduced to sun, cold, wind of the outdoors if they were always indoors before you bought them. The annuals will have to be protected from temps that go down into the '30's. Your zone could still have a few frosty nights so be prepared to cover them. The ground is still cool and they probably won't grow much till it warms up.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2005 at 9:04AM
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The old adage around zone 6 is to plant tender annuals and veggies around Mother's Day.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2005 at 3:43PM
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PAgrower(z6 PA)

We are expecting some cold nights (30-35F) over the next week or so. What is the best way to protect these plants???

    Bookmark   April 20, 2005 at 3:53PM
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I wouldn't worry about the perenials but you could try paper bags or sheets on the annuals.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2005 at 8:52PM
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gardenguy_(z6b PA)

Mother's day? It should be as early as the first of March, but that isn't the case up here. As far as the cold worthless weather, try this if you are able. At my house, we have a basement that has a dual sink for a multipurpose use. The spicket head has a screw on for a hose. Take the hose and adjust the water to a VERY mild temp and warm up the soil that you have planted in. After this, let dry for a few hours or more and cover with a heavy cloth.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2005 at 12:11AM
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