6:30 a.m., April 22)
Bye, bye winter; hello to a new growing season
By Fred Sherwin
winter finally behind us and spring in full bloom, our
thoughts can finally turn to our gardens or at
least the planning part.
Laporte Flowers and Nursery owner Estelle
Laporte and the knowledgeable staff at the
east end garden centre are ready for another
busy growing season. File photo
Laporte Flowers and Nursery owner Estelle Laporte warns
that it is still far to early to plant any annuals.
The general rule of thumb to wait until Victoria
Day weekend, any earlier than that and you risk losing
your plants to frost, says Laporte.
Day falls on May 23. You can also begin planting some
plants on Mothers Day, which is May 8, but be prepared
to cover them up in the advent of a frost warning.
the interim, there are some gardening and lawn care duties
you can get started on now.
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 youre desperate to add some colour to your space
stick to hardy pansies or hanging baskets which can be
taken indoors if theres 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.
thing you can start planting in early May are vegetables
such as carrots, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes
and peas. Its also safe to plant leaf vegetables
such as lettuce, kale and spinach.
youre in any doubt at all be sure to visit the folks
at J.A. Laporte Flowers and Nursery at 455 Famille-Laporte
Ave. and they will be happy to answer your questions and
offer their advice.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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