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(Posted 11:30 a.m., May 2)
Ideal forecast great news for gardeners and garden centres alike
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

J.A. 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

It's 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.

The 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.

During 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.

This 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.

The 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.

One 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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