Every year, on Good Friday, people crowd their local garden shops in order to buy tomato, cucumber and pepper plants. And then again, as soon as you flip the calendar to August, gardeners are purchasing their fall plants such as broccoli, cabbage and collards. So what's wrong with this?
Plenty. There is plenty wrong with this. Good Friday 2018 fell on March 30th. That week saw night temperatures from the twenties to the thirties. The temperatures at night need to be no lower than fifty degrees for almost two weeks in order for the ground temperatures to rise.
It is very easy to get the early planting bug. Everyone's grandma planted on Good Friday. It's almost a law in South Carolina, however don't blame your bad luck on bad plants or poor gardening skills. It is just too cold to start planting your warm weather crops in March.
Likewise, in gardening centers around the state, phones start ringing off the hook on August the first. “Do you have any collard plants?” The first day of August 2018, was a sweltering ninety degrees- not a good day to start your winter crops.
Plant your winter crops when the day time temperatures begin to cool to around seventy two degrees for a few weeks.
If you have given up on gardening, frustrated, and thinking you are just not a good gardener- why not give it another try? Unfortunately, too many people plant by the calendar, and not by the weather.
Remember also that South Carolina has a long summer and winter growing season, so plant something each month. As always- Get Growing South Carolina.
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We also offer a gardening course, complete with the seeds, directions and other fun gifts. What is extra great about Sal's Garden Box- is that you have a little to plant each month, so you don't get overwhelmed. The above picture is of my nephew Colton. This is what came in the October Box.
Colton was so excited to harvest lettuce every day from his creation. And LOOK- it takes up like NO ROOM. Anyone can grow, no matter how small your area