Let me just start off by saying that I live in Zone 4 which is a cold climate. We have cold winters, very cold, and dry warm summers.
There is a standard rule to NOT plant outdoors before Mother’s Day EVER! No matter how warm it gets in Feb, or March, even April. DON’T PLANT BEFORE MOTHER’S DAY!
I knew this rule. I have known this rule my entire life since I was a child. We never planted before Mother’s Day. Now I live in an even colder climate.
It all started one March day. I had been taking some gardening classes at the library. I got all gung ho and came home and planted some seeds in these self watering pots I made out of 2 liter bottles. I kept them inside on my window ledges.
They got very big, very quickly. In just a few weeks many of the plants had out grown the pots. So my husband talked me into planting them outside. YES, I am totally blaming him, and he knows it!
I have a raised bed with a green house screen that fits over the top of it.
The very next day after we planted our plants out there the winds were fierce! I mean fierce! 55-80 mile and hour wind gusts and the temperature was around 40 F. We did our best to protect the plants.
NONE of them survived! NONE of them.
I was so sad! I am so sad.
I do have a small 2sqft box that I plant my cold weather seeds in. Peas, Radishes and Lettuce. They all survived, although, I think the lettuce, just barely.
I have yet to plant more seeds in my house. I think I am just going to wait until after Mother’s Day to go buy some already started plants.
The garden will go on!