I know you may be tempted but it's not time!

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I know you may be tempted but it's not time!


I know you may be tempted but it's not time to plant your summer garden in El Dorado Hills.  Every year my husband, seeing signs of Spring and all the summer plant start in Home Depot, Orchard Supply, and Lowes on his weekly visits, is tempted to get his garden started.  Many of the summer Frost in El Dorado Hills April 5 -2012vegetables are not frost tolerant and technically you need to wait until the last frost date has passed.



Based on the USDA gardening zones our last frost here in El Dorado Hills should be around February 15th. Most years we still get a frost in April so I'm not sure how they've come up with that date.  Here it is April 5th and we just had another frost last night.  Until the ground warms up and nighttime temperatures are about 50 degrees (even if the sky is blue and the last frost date has passed), it is not time to plant warm season crops, especially Tomatoes..  Through trial and error, we've learned it almost stunts their growth instead of giving them a head start. 



Picture of tomatoe plant


If you must buy your plants early for a better selection fine, but keep them in a protected area until it's time to plant. May 1st seems to be the magic time for us.

I know you may be tempted but just chill, cause it's not time!      



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Nancy Laswick
United Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun

Dee Dee, I'm very jealous, in Phoenix gardening is well... difficult. I'm not a great gardner under the best of circumstances but it would be nice to have a more moderate temperature range and a little more rain, I might actually get something to grow!

Apr 05, 2012 05:58 PM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Chill is right....lots of temptation...however....last night dipped into the 20's and is expected to do that again tonite....poor daffadils and other early spring blooms will freeze their heads off.  Good advice.

Apr 05, 2012 07:57 PM #2
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Great point about knowing your local frost dates, vs. the published frost dates!

Apr 05, 2012 08:06 PM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

We have the same problem in Maryland.  The average day for the last frost is May 10th but the weather is so beautiful that many are tempted to do early planting.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Apr 05, 2012 08:27 PM #4
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

You are so right DeeDee.  And, the weather has been so weird the last year or two.  I just don't even know what to expect anymore.

Apr 05, 2012 09:34 PM #5
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

DeeDee ....this is so true everywhere ....I'm afraid a lot of flowers will have to be replaced before it's over.   Have a great Easter Weekend!

Apr 05, 2012 10:09 PM #6
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

DeeDee,  We had near freezing temps last night as well. By the time Spring is here we are all ready to start planting.  You give great advice here.  Thank you.

Apr 06, 2012 02:13 AM #7
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dee Dee, I am always surprised to hear that there is "frost" and "snow" in parts of California. Having lived in Los Angeles area, specifically Marina Del Rey, we complain when the temperature drops at night to the low 40's:) we are so spoiled here:))

Apr 06, 2012 04:51 PM #8
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

DeeDee I learn this lesson the hard way.   These days I just watch the perennials come up, and wait for memorial weekend before planting .

Apr 07, 2012 12:52 PM #9
Larry & Jacque Ficek
Alaska Dream Makers - Wasilla, AK
Realtors - Wasilla Alaska

Hi there DeeDee, we have a record snowfall this year and our spring is going to be put off until (best guess by the local experts) mid MAY. I am afraid our garage may be taken over by plants until the snow is gone. Until then, we will have to enjoy it vicariously. ;/

Apr 10, 2012 04:14 AM #10
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

DeeDee, this is a very timely post, and here in Denver in APRIL we are having 70's and 80's, when usually we still have snow.     I was tempted too!    

Apr 10, 2012 11:20 AM #11
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