Summer has virtually arrived with the May long weekend and that means many gardeners will be busy in the backyard.
For those wondering what can be planted and what can’t because of the chillier temperatures at night, Rick Van Duyvendyk of Dutch Growers and host of Garden Talk on 980 CJME and 650 CKOM has some answers.
“You can get all your seeds in the ground, that’s important,” he explained. “Get your potatoes in the ground, your onions, your garlic, you can get a lot of your pea seeds in the ground, your beans. You can plant a lot of those kind of things.”
However, Van Duyvendyk added gardeners have to be careful about bedding plants this early into the warmer months.
“Like your tomatoes and peppers and some of the cabbage, cucumbers because [of] the late night temperatures.”
He said it’s a good idea to harden these plants off, which means keeping them out during the day and bringing them in at night for a few days so they become acclimatized.
Don’t have a backyard or garden? No problem.
“Container gardening is becoming huge,” he said.
Van Duyvendyk recommended buying a potting soil that’s sufficient at holding moisture
Garden Talk airs on 980 CJME and 650 CKOM Sundays at 9 a.m.