In for a “root” awakening

It is officially spring! Soil temps are finally in the 60 degree range and forsythias are at their peak!forsythia-2 Now the big question is what will be the last frost date this spring? Hopefully you have your preemergence crabgrass application down on the lawn. As our thoughts turn towards planting we consider gambling on the weather and getting a jumpstart in the garden. Usually in Grand Rapids the last frost date falls between May 10 and May 20. I have seen years however when our last frost occurs in April……could this be the year? You can get a jumpstart by planting cool weather veggiescool-season-veggies-11 or cole crops like Cauliflower, try some onion sets or peas. Another plant that stands up to some frosty nights are Pansies.

pansy-tight-shot-1 Snapdragons are tough too…….                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Finally here are some pictures taken today at our Earth Day planting for the Other Way Ministries. When we started planting a group of kids abandoned their playground equipment and gathered around to watch the planting asking a hundred questions in 10 minutes. Aren’t kids great! These “young buds” are the future gardeners who will care for our Earth. Suddenly a tree planting, some dirt and flowers becamerick-with-kids-tree-planting-1 more interesting than the playground. As a matter of fact, Doug and I were proud of the fact one of the teachers told us we were more entertaining than playground equipment! That’s a first for me, being compared to a swing set and coming out on top……it was a good day. I don’t know who was more entertained, the kids or us……but we all got a “hedge-u-cation” in the process.rick-doug-and-kids-tree-planting Happy Earth Day kids….. and to two “old fun-guys” who are still young at heart!

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