When it comes to getting the most out of your backyard garden there are old wives tales you can follow or there are facts with supporting historical data.
Have fun with the wives tales and make decisions based on facts – we’ll show you why:Why Your Backyard Garden Should Always Rely on Data Instead of Folkore #weekendfarmer Click To Tweet
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Brian Clapp, WeekendFarmer.com There is a common belief here in Colorado, that the best time to start planting your vegetables outside in your backyard garden is Mother’s Day. Guess what? What you see here is the day before Mother’s day and we are getting hammered with snow.
The actual historical data for our region says the average last frost date is May 20th, Mother’s day is variable, this year falling on May 10th. The reason I bring this up is because when you are limited for time and space as a Weekend Farmer, you can’t afford to make mistakes that will set you back therefore, you should always pay attention to the historical data. Work off of that data because if I had followed the local folklore and thrown my Tomatoes in our backyard garden I’d be in deep trouble right now, having wasted my 8 weeks of inside growing.
I’ll wait til the snow melts off, start hardening off my plants off maybe next week and I’ll be in much better position.
(Editors Note: The Peas and Strawberries survived! I lost two pea plants out of 40, but that was because of the weight of the snow breaking their stems, not the cold. The strawberries look no worse for wear!)