by: Carrie A. Blakley
As we all know, up in these parts, the weather can change from great to ‘you remember Spring…it was 3 hours ago’, in the blink of an eye. Saturday proved to be such a day, and, thanks to a brief moment of writer’s block, a dear friend of mine reminded me that some people may not really know what to do when they’re in the middle of certain gardening chores (such as transplanting), and the weather changes before they’re done. NOW what do I do? Is often the question that pops up into people’s heads. First of all, don’t stop transplanting, unless you’re getting showered with a torrential down pour. Get them transplanted, but be sure to protect them, if that’s what they require. Some plants require protection from heavy winds, and hard rains – especially new plants that are just barely strong enough to keep themselves upright in the soil. Tomatoes, for example, or Zinnias.
Any of the more delicate plants should be brought inside, or lightly covered, until the main part of the storm passes. If you have plants that you think may get wind burnt (yes, that’s a thing), or pummeled with heavy rain fall, bring them into a more sheltered area, if possible. Try placing them on a porch floor, under an awning, just inside the garage, or just inside the house, during the storm. While some elements are good for your plants, during this time of year, those elements should be allowed in extreme moderation, so the smaller, newer plants have a good chance at growing big, strong and healthy.
If you ever have questions, don’t hesitate to ask someone who knows, or look up the information on the Internet, or grab a book at the local book shop, or library. The more you learn, the more you know, and the happier your plants will be! Have a great week everyone, and enjoy the full Flower moon on the 10th!