We know Mother Nature is teasing us with these delightful warm weather days, and they give us hope for the warm spring days ahead! However, snow and cold temperatures are again forecast to arrive this weekend, a pattern that will continue through March, and into April.
If you’re eager to get your garden started here are tools that you can gather now, which will help your plants succeed during the turbulent early spring transition period.
SOIL THERMOMETERS to help you accurately gauge soil temperature and thus when to plant.
ROW COVER gives you a few degrees warmer temperature, protection from drying sun and wind for seed beds, tender seedlings and transplants, as well as protection from insects and birds. The fabrics can be “floated” over your rows or beds, using weights of various kinds to keep them in place, and can also be used to cover garden tunnel frames. When handled gently, these fabrics can last several seasons.
Harlequin’s Gardens sells pre-cut or custom-cut lengths of row cover fabric in two weights: ‘Seed Guard’ (.5oz) and Ensulate (1.5 oz). Properly handled, Seed Guard should last at least one season. Ensulate can easily last several years. We are sure you will find that row cover fabric is one of your most important and versatile garden tools!
SOLAR CAPS provide a personal greenhouse for your tomato starts and other veggies and herbs protecting them from the cold temperatures. We are well stocked with frames and replacement bags. We’ve had great success using them on our tomatoes and we love Solar Caps! See Eve’s demonstration of setting up a solar cap!
NOTE: We’ve just found out that our Solar Cap order has been delayed. We’ll advise you when they arrive!
OVERTURNED POTS can also be used to help protect your vulnerable plants from breaking under the snow. We have used containers that are available for a small donation. Remember to uncover your plants as the temperatures warm back up!