What a great Spring day for planting!
It is always a tough call as to when to plant. Each variety has it own expected timetable; however, this timetable assumes a normal growing season. When does that happen??? So the planning begins. We spend way too much time watching weather patterns, checking the local weather forecast, studying planting grids and graphs, predicting when the rain will come (and not come), pulling out temperature assumptions, and consulting the almanac-all the time looking for the “perfect planting time”.
When it comes down to it, we always end up poking those seeds in the ground whenever the weather cooperates. The last two weeks of May and the first two weeks of June end up being reserved for planting-just in case.
So today ended up being the first day of planting-not too wet for Johnstown’s soil (fairly heavy on the clay), yet hopefully rain in the next few days. The Johnstown Giants were planted first because they should mature in 120 days (give or take). That is the longest maturation rate of the varieties we will plant this year. I can picture them now!
Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch 2013 – McPherson, KS