Now or later: Best time to plant your garden

Now or later: Best time to plant your garden

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It's that time of year again. Spring is here and a big question for most is: When can I plant my garden?

Connie Siebert Jones with Mid-South Nursery said it depends on what you are growing.

Some plants, such as cabbage and lettuce, like the cooler temperatures, so if we have an evening below freezing it doesn't harm them, according to Jones.

While some plants can handle it a frost can really damage other plants, so it may be better to hold off until we've had our last freeze.  Here in Region 8 our last freeze happens March 31 on average and the latest freeze we've ever had for a year occurred on May 6, 1927.

Siebert suggests to plant those more sensitive plants in early to mid April.

If you do plant your garden early and are unable to bring your plants indoors, Siebert said there are some things you can do.

"The day prior to the frost, in the hottest part of the day we will want you to water your plants, and then apply your sheet across your plants, but not too taught because you want it to be a little loose, and then secure that around your plants with mulch," Siebert said.

With a possible frost in the 7 day forecast it is important for those with gardens to remember to be weather aware and protect their plants.

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