From the article: When to Plant What
Phenology is the study of the timing of recurring biological phenomena and their relationship to the weather. You can imagine how useful that can be to gardeners who want to know if it's safe to put out tender seedlings or want to be on guard for squash vine borer eggs. Do you have any tips to share with us? Share Your Phenology Tips
- If you sprinkle Bayers 12 month long systemic bug killer in the ground when the sprouts just start coming up, you will prevent the borers before they get inside the curled leaves and flowers.
- —Guest email@example.com
When the Squirrels Start Storing Early
- Grandmother never believed in any weather forecasters and that goes back 40 some years. So many things to say and can't write them all here now, but one for sure: when the squirrels start to store away in mid August, it will be a long winter. And by Joe. the squirrels here did exactly that. And look it's end of March and still snowing.
- Phenology, of course, is a big help in gardening. Since the Middle Ages, certain saint days add further assistance. We have just experienced the "Ice Saints" (middle May) who brought late frost to many areas of Europe, although the lilacs are blooming and the oak trees are in foliage. Therefore, I look at both phenology, the saints's calender and the weather forecast for agriculture.
- —Guest Emillard
When to plant peas
- Peas expect to get snowed on. Plant them in large planters indoors in February, and move them outside in March.
- —Guest Taro
When to Stop Digging
- You know it's time to stop digging in the soil when you can't walk back into your house from the garden...
- —Guest Laura-Rose
- Our Master Gardeners always tell folks to treat your crabgrass BEFORE the last Forsythia blooms fall.
Plant Tomatoes when the Cassia bloom
- A friend told me to plant tomatoes in Vegas when the cassia bloom. Also plant mature, early bearing varieties.
- —Guest HSW
When to Plant Heat Loving Vegetables
- A farmer from Texas (I live in Louisiana) told me about 10 years ago to never plant summer crops like peppers, tomatoes, etc. until the pecan trees began putting on new leaves. It works 100% of the time even in April when we have fronts move through with a few nights of cold weather.
- —Guest Gaylon Ferrell
- My mom always said when you have warm spring days and then it gets cold,look for blooms on the blackberries. It's called blackberry winter. Also every spring when Dogwoods bloom it will turn off cold.
- —Guest nang
Time to plant
- The Forsythia blossoms foretell when to the frost is over. If you have no more blossoms it is safe to plant things outdoors, that may get harmed from a frost.
- —Guest Gina
Prune the roses
- When the silver birch has "mouse ears" (leaves start to show).
- —Guest Anne-Margrethe
- Plant your corn when oak leaves are the size of a squirrel's ear.
- —Guest Linda
- My dad taught me that you are safe from the last frost when the Osage Orange or Hedgeball trees start to leaf out. They are the last trees to wake up in the spring!
- —Guest Ron
When to Plant Perennials in Spring
- It's safe to plant perennials when the leaves on maple trees start to open.
- —Guest Jessie123