Okay we know you are anxious to get out in the yard. We’ve even started to send our teams out to do yard cleanups, edging garden beds, trimming up shrubs and more, but is it time to plant? Well, if you were in eastern Massachusetts over the last week, you’d know we endured several nights below 20 degrees after a week with 70+ degree days. And if you are anything like us, the anxiety over the fate of our budding cherry blossoms was all too real.
As a general rule, most annual seeds should be sown indoors about six weeks before the last frost but always check out your seed packet, it will often list when the seeds should be started indoors. Hoping to get those annuals in the ground? Not so fast, in cool climates its best to plant annuals after the danger of frost has passed.
So when is the last frost?
According to Dave’s Garden, “Each winter, on average, your risk of frost is from October 8 through May 4. Almost certainly, however, you will receive frost from October 22 through April 22. You are almost guaranteed that you will not get frost from May 17 through September 24. Your frost-free growing season is around 157 days.”