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Long Weekend Coming and Planting


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From:Date:Zone:
Amanda16-May-06 05:56 AM EST 5b   
Michelle. L.16-May-06 12:08 PM EST 5b   
fourbonsai18-May-06 09:33 AM EST 5b   
Patricia 18-May-06 08:13 PM EST 5   
Michelle. L.19-May-06 12:11 PM EST 5b   
Ginger20-May-06 01:38 PM EST 5b   
Michelle. L.21-May-06 01:19 AM EST 5b   
Julia22-May-06 05:41 PM EST 6b   
Amanda30-May-06 05:45 AM EST 5b   


Subject: Long Weekend Coming and Planting
From: Amanda
Zone: 5b
Date: 16-May-06 05:56 AM EST

Ok, I live between Kingston and Brockville. It is usually the longwkend in May that I plant all my flowers and veggies. I never remember from one year to the next what temps are like when I do it, I was just curious if it is safe to go ahead and plant everything or if it is still a little cool to do so right now!!! I want to plant but I am on a budget this yr, as my sister is getting married in 2 weeks (a little less) and then myself in the fall so I have to watch my money carefully. Thank you for everyones help....


Subject: RE: Long Weekend Coming and Planting
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5b
Date: 16-May-06 12:08 PM EST

Go ahead Amanada, plant away.. they will be fine.. my garden is almost all in but still have to plant my tomato plants and corn.. will do so this weekend too.. always had my garden planted by the long weekend regardless of the weather and never a problem.. and we are in the same zone.. Congratulations to your sister and you on your upcoming marriages!!!


Subject: RE: Long Weekend Coming and Planting
From: fourbonsai
Zone: 5b
Date: 18-May-06 09:33 AM EST

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Subject: RE: Long Weekend Coming and Planting
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 18-May-06 08:13 PM EST

I'm just on the fringe of Ottawa. The weather has been cool and wet. Things that should/could be planted now: potatoes, lettuce and mesclun and greens in general, anything "cabbage" family, onions, leeks, peas, beets. I am waiting to plant my tomatoes, peppers and eggplants - why subject them to all this cold weather and rain? All the vine crops: squash, cucumber, pumpkins and melons - should come later when the soil is warm and friendly - also the beans, both bush and climbing. Wait till soil is warm. Nothing to be gained by putting beans in cold, wet soil.


Subject: RE: Long Weekend Coming and Planting
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5b
Date: 19-May-06 12:11 PM EST

I live in the North Okanogan and my garden is now all planted.. it is true if you are in an area cold and wet, the seeds won't do anything till the ground warms up and although our temp's. this year are high for May.. + 30-33!!.. they aren't usually and I always have my garden planted by the long weekend and it is always been great!!! Nothing tastes as good as the veggies from your garden especially the carrots and tomatoes!!


Subject: RE: Long Weekend Coming and Planting
From: Ginger (gingerbarkley@yahoo.ca)
Zone: 5b
Date: 20-May-06 01:38 PM EST

I am right into gardening this year. I sometimes feel like I don't know what I am doing but keep planting anyway.I have planted hostas from my mother-n-laws yard and some ferns. I planted a lilac tree and some sweet-pea vines, some 4o'clock's and other flowers that I am not sure how they will do with all this rain. I still have loads of different sunflowers and morning glories that probably should be already in the ground. My three year old is right into gardening also.Does anybody have any advice for me on growing flowers. Easy ones to grow and maintaining them through the summer would be helpful. Also, I have planted cannas and I am right impressed with them already!Soon, I think I will try some veggies!!!!!!


Subject: RE: Long Weekend Coming and Planting
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5b
Date: 21-May-06 01:19 AM EST

Hi Ginger.. Sounds like you got bitten by the gardening bug!!! Good for you, you should definetly try some veggies.. even the tomatoes "on the vine" you can buy in the store can't compare to the tomatoes out of your garden..for some annuals you should try some zinnias.. beautiful!!! and so easy , they dont bloom till about sometime in July for me if directly seeded but keep going till frost.. another easy one is Nigella or it is also called " Love in the Mist" very pretty, tall, bluish flowers and will usually self seed and come back next year if you leave them and don't dead head.. just plant the seeds for these annuals and stand back and watch grow.. very easy. I LOVE the canna's too... make sure you dig it up in the fall and store it for next year!!!


Subject: RE: Long Weekend Coming and Planting
From: Julia
Zone: 6b
Date: 22-May-06 05:41 PM EST

Ginger Try growing the perennial echinacea (coneflower) for flowers. There are many different types. I just planted Echinacea purpurea Double Decker, a newer one. JH


Subject: RE: Long Weekend Coming and Planting
From: Amanda
Zone: 5b
Date: 30-May-06 05:45 AM EST

I did normal perennial echinacea and also the double decker last year, let me tell you I have never had a perennial come back up a second year in my life and the first year I did echinacea it died before it flowered. Anyways I did both of this again last year (I am a sucker for punishment) and they have both come back this year and are much nicer then last year and alot fuller as well. Does anyone know when or if I should divide these and how to do so without killing them?


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