Plant after final frost

spinach's first leaves

spinach’s first leaves nestled in the leaf mulch

Seed packets always say to plant after the danger of the final frost. But when is that exactly?

Despite the snow flurries and cold, frosty mornings, the ground is sufficiently warm, and the seeds adequately prepared to germinate and sprout. This is the earliest I’ve planted early spring vegetables. So this cold weather is making it a tad nerve-wracking. All, however, seems to be doing just fine: the microgreens, pak choi, spinach, romaine and kale are up and growing; and the peas and lettuces are staying warm below ground for the time being. In another month, we can be confident as the gardens flourish.

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