Don’t jump the gun on spring

CARVER, Mass. — It has been far from a traditional winter with some of the mildest temps on record. We are now into spring and some warmer temps are back in the forecast. In the blooming business, business is already booming. “I think they are anxious to get there. Get outside. Get there,” said Heather Tosi. Crystal Lake Garden Shop owner Michael Paduch explains why growers should use their calendars and not the weather. “It lies. It lies all the time. It tells us it is going to be better than it is long before it should be and we are having that right now,” said Paduch.

Paduch starts his growing in February inside dozens of green houses. “The temperature in here, we keep it at 65,” explained Paduch. But Paduch says early April spring flings can be deceiving. “And it makes us want to do stuff. Stuff we are not ready to do. Stuff plants are not ready to do,” Paduch said.

If you are getting the itch to grow something, Paduch says there are things you can get a head start with putting in the ground. “Little violas like this would be happy to go in,” said Paduch. “They are frost tolerant. They can take a frost.”

Paduch says the best rule of thumb for warm crops like tomatoes and peppers is to wait. “Wait until it is time on the calendar because you will regret it.” Paduch says for most of eastern Massachusetts Memorial Day is a safe bet for no more frost.

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