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What We Just Learned About Final Frost (& Happy Memorial Day)!

May 25, 2018
 

Growing up in the Finger Lakes of New York, high elevation Zone 5, I have the mantra of "Memorial Day is Final Frost" deeply embedded in my brain. I am constantly questioning my assumptions about myself and the world around me; this year I was inspired to dig a little deeper into this maxim. 

Are historic frost dates still relevant?

potatoes are ideally planted three weeks before final frost

Pouring over decades of temperature records in our county from the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Association (which is totally free and fascinating, I highly recommend it!) from 1930 to present, here are my observations:

a) Our final frost dates have (surprisingly) remained fairly consistent, often occurring just before Memorial Day.

b) Even on years when final frost is weeks earlier than Memorial Day (like May 1st, 1970, which happens 2-3 times each decade), the night temps generally aren't out of the 40s consistently until around Memorial Day.

Which is all to say:

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7 Essentials of Seed Starting: an Infographic

Feb 08, 2018

7 Essentials of Seed Starting 

Many gardeners want to start seeds more successfully.

This is why we created this inspiring new infographic for you:

 Where do I get...

...the LED grow light that we use? Here.

...easy to use soil blockers to make gorgeous soil blocks? Here.

...a heat mat that will change my life? Here.

What inspired us to make an infographic for you?

Dreaming of the season ahead, my dear friend Kc inspired me to make a list of the 7 essential things she needed to know to start seeds well...

...then I'm scheming to make supper with my dear friend Sal, whose illustrations are as vivid and whimsical as her gardens and stories. Eureka! Sal and I had SO much fun laughing and learning as we brought to life the 7 Essentials of Seed Starting through visual story.

Welcome to Sal's Garden!

Questions for Sal:

Petra: Whose advice do you always listen to?

Sal: The sunset.

Petra: What is your biggest struggle in the garden?

Sal: Weeds! And soil type. Thank goodness...

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