Weather and the WVU Garden Calendar

For those of you wondering about the accuracy of the planting recommendations in the WVU Calendar, given our winter this year, the following is from Michael Harman, Extension Agent:

The garden calendar makes safe recommendations. I would advise to follow the recommendations, and not worry if its colder or hotter. When setting out plants use a frost free date that will ensure no frost 95% of the time and use that as a final planting date. In the grand scheme of things it’s a difference of about a week. Another safe approach is the news. Go with your recommended planting date; if its calling for frost or freeze in the seven-day forecast… don’t set out plants.

Michael Harman, Extension Instructor – Extension Agent, Agriculture & Natural resources
1948 Wiltshire Road, Suite 3, Kearneysville, WV 25430-9644, 304-728-7413