Spring will Eventually Come

Spring will Eventually Come

April 11, 2018 Off By Meredith
pin oak tree, 1 foot tall

Pin Oak Tree provided by the MWRD to help Cook County Residents reduce floodings naturally.

Spring. Technically it started on March 20th, but this year it’s been having trouble getting started. Already it has snowed twice since then and it has struggled to get over 40 degrees. I’m told it’s supposed to be in the 60s for the next few days, but I’m not going to get my hopes up. In my yard, the planting season starts early, though. Already, my sugar snap peas and bunching onions have been in the ground for a week and my potatoes and carrots were planted a few days ago. Most excitingly, I also planted a baby Pin Oak tree last weekend that I acquired from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District at a luncheon. (How did they know it was my favorite tree?)

Next on the planting schedule are the new bare-root strawberry plants that came in the mail yesterday. Hopefully, I will be able to get them in the ground in the next few days. They will be the last plants I can get in the ground before the frost-free date in May. Every year I try to push it to get my plants in the ground earlier and earlier, but this year I’m not sure I want to risk it. Who knows when/if 3rd winter will strike and kill all of my baby tomato and cucumber plants.

Check out my planting schedule. The format was taken from Better Hens & Gardens. I have been using this format since 2016 to keep track of everything that I grow from seed each year.  The key is at the bottom and will show if the seeds were first planted indoors (SI) or outdoors (FP).  During the spring, all of my plantings occurs on a Saturday or Sunday, so the date at the top is approximate within a day or two.  When I get busy, I don’t always update, but I at least try to keep track of when seeds were started.