Well after our record cold February and crapload of snow, there are signs of spring here in zone6b. We literally went from winter to spring in a week. Temps were really cold here (still) into the start of March, but then one day, all of a sudden, we got up to seasonal temperature values (3-7C) and the mounds of snow have slowly but surely disappearing. Granted the long range temperature maps suggest we’ll be below average for the rest of March… but at least the snow will be gone!
I am getting anxious to get the needles off and assessing the plants… but alas, its really not warm enough yet. I have people ask me when is the best time to get the needles off. The answer is… there is no hard and fast date or time. The key is to get air circulation to the plants and not let them get too warm too early. Mild daytime temps and cold night time temps are a recipie for mold and at the same time, keeping the needles on the surface traps heat, which will get the plants moving before they should. So… I’m thinking it will be in the next couple of weeks. Once all the snow is gone and the days are consistenly over 5C (40F) they need to be uncovered. Sure it can still frost, but they plants are fully dormant and won’t be affected.
As I mentioned in my last post, we had very cold temperatures with now snow for the first half of January. The coldest night in January was -22C (-7F), but on average nights consistently were below-10C (12F)… I’m very curious to see how the plants were affected if they were at all.
Hopefully, I’ll have lots of positive things to report after I get these bogs uncovered! So welcome to spring and the 2015 Growing Season!!! I hope its a good one!