Still too early to plant

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There is no doubt many people who enjoy being outdoors and gardening are awaiting the higher temperatures to get their flower, vegetable and other seeds and starter plants into the ground.

Traditionally people in the gardening industry, to be safe, have advised people not to put out plants and flowers before June 20 for fear of frost.

Some warm spring months in recent years seemed to change that with local green thumbs putting out plants a little earlier. That seems to have changed again.

A long winter and now a cool spring has put the brakes on digging into the soil to put in plants so far.

An unusually warm Victoria Day weekend caught people by surprise and they not only have patio furniture out early, but also got into some other activities that ended up in many getting too much sun.

The fact is it’s still early yet and people should not be in too much of a hurry to get out their plants, and especially their flowers. Purchasing and putting out flowers too early means bringing them indoors during the night to protect them from a frost that still comes.

No matter what has been said about global warming, it doesn’t look like Newfoundland is going to be a tropical destination any time soon, especially with that reinforced by the winter just experienced in the province.

In Stephenville the community gardens located on the Lions Club grounds on Woodland Drive are receiving some attention with 55 plots available this year, up from 22 in the first year it was started.

For the first time there are even some raised plots that are wheelchair accessible, which is great for people with mobility issues.

The community gardens are really catching on and it’s not only important to people who purchase their own plots, but also to the community café hosted at the Lions Club on a regular basis.

While preparations are being made now, it will be a little while before the seeds go into the ground at this location. The Lions are also to be praised for their innovative idea of having the raised plots for those who cannot plant in a conventional plot. Be patient, and the garden will grow.

Organizations: Lions Club

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Woodland Drive

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