11:30 a.m., May 2)
Ideal forecast great news for gardeners and garden centres
By Fred Sherwin
Laporte Flowers and Nursery owner Estelle
Laporte is looking forward to what is expected
to be their first really busy weekend of the
season. Fred Sherwin/Photo
going to be a perfect weekend to do some yard work and
get your vegetable garden started, but J.A. Laporte Flowers
and Nursery owner Estelle Laporte warns there is still
a chance of frost for at least another week.
long winter and an unseasonally late spring has a lot
of gardeners anxious to get started, and there's no doubt
a lot to get done.
these early days to the growing season, it's good to start
with the lawn by adding fertilizer and overseeding bare
patches with the proper seed.
is also the perfect time to plant shrubs and trees, but
if you're desperate to add some colour to your space stick
to hardy pansies or hanging baskets which can be taken
indoors if there's a risk of frost.
most common mistake amateur gardeners make is planting
annuals too early in the season, only to see them die
off in a late frost. The average date of the last frost
in this region is May 11, but the general rule of thumb
is never plant annuals before the Victoria Day weekend
which this year begins on May 16.
thing you can plant this weekend are vegetables such as
carrots, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes and peas.
It's also safe to plant leaf vegetables such as lettuce,
kale and spinach.
The folks at J.A. Laporte Flowers and Nursery on Old Montreal
Road are expecting their first busy weekend of the season
and have called in their full staff.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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