February 22, 2024
Backyard Discuss: What we are able to plant this weekend

We’re going from snow early this week to spring temperatures by the weekend. Wanting on the future climate it seems like we are able to plant some issues in our gardens this weekend.

We have to begin with the concept southern Decrease Michigan most likely might nonetheless have one or two frosts to go within the subsequent few weeks. Northern Decrease Michigan most likely nonetheless has two or three frosts but to come back.

So we are able to solely plant issues that may deal with a frost, seeds that may deal with a sure soil temperature and vegetation we’re in a position to cowl on the few chilly nights to come back.

Bear in mind there’s a distinction between a frost with a temperature between 28 levels and 32 levels and a tough freeze. Temperatures colder than 27 levels trigger a tough freeze that can kill nearly all vegetation.


Lettuce vegetation able to go within the backyard this weekend. (Mark Torregrossa | MLive.com)

Let’s begin with vegetation that may deal with a frost or two:

Within the vegetable backyard there are a number of desk favorites that may be planted as transplants now. Cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts vegetation gained’t die if coated in frost. Lots of the leafy greens can deal with frost, like leaf lettuce vegetation, collards, endive and kale. Onion vegetation and onion units might be planted this weekend. We are able to’t stay with out onions, proper?

Some seeds will germinate within the subsequent week because the soil warms:

My greatest pet peeve is when folks advising you what to plant don’t know easy methods to venture soil temperatures for the subsequent week. You possibly can put some seeds within the floor a couple of days earlier than the soil temperature is heat sufficient to germinate the seeds. The soil then warms and the seeds are in place. Soil temperatures heat rapidly with sunshine and temperatures within the 60s. The next seeds will germinate slowly with soil temperatures within the 40s and rapidly with soil temperatures within the 50s. Subsequent week’s excessive temperatures within the 60s and low temperatures within the 40s will convey soil temperatures as much as over 50 levels for many of the hours in a day.

So this weekend you may vegetation the seeds of beets, carrots, leeks, parsnips, radishes, rutabagas, spinach, peas, turnips and potatoes. In southern Michigan candy corn might be planted this weekend.

In far southern Decrease Michigan we might nonetheless have a frost, nevertheless it’s a marginal danger. For those who can cowl a pepper or tomato plant, you can most likely gamble on planting them this weekend. Examine the forecast for the evening you plant and the following couple of days.

The seeds that want very heat soil within the 60s and 70s must wait a few extra weeks to get planted. This would come with inexperienced beans, cucumbers, pumpkins and all the squashes.


Zinnia seeds and aster seeds might be planted this primary weekend of Might. (Mark Torregrossa | MLive.com)

There are some fairly vegetation you may get going now too.

Geraniums and petunias can deal with some frost. Pansies and violas can tolerate much more frost.

If you need a complete bunch of flowers by mid-summer, sow a multitude of marigold and zinnia seeds this weekend. The heat coming the next week ought to get these seeds up out of the bottom.

Abruptly it’s a busy weekend in our gardens. It’s about time.