LACEY, NJ – Inflation, rising food costs and the nutritional benefits of local produce have cultivated a new generation of home gardeners in Lacey.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced gardener, one of the most important dates you need to know when thinking about your garden this spring is:
When does the risk of frost switch to Lacey? It’s April 21, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which offers a postcode tool to help gardeners figure out when to plant what.
The growing season lasts 180 days in Lacey. Looking forward to fall, the first frost usually occurs around October 19.
According to the publication, there is a 30% chance that a freeze will occur after April 21, as the date is determined using national historical ocean and atmospheric data from 1981 to 2010, and is not ” set in stone,” said The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
April 21 represents the average date for the final “light freeze,” which occurs when the temperature dips between 29 and 32 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, tender plants can be killed.
A “moderate frost”, between 25 and 28 degrees, is destructive for most plants; and a “severe freeze,” below 24 degrees, can cause heavy damage to most garden plants, according to the almanac.
As the third gardening season of the pandemic begins in Lacey, The Old Farmer’s Almanac offers another tool to help gardeners decide when to plant which crops.
In Lacey, it is generally best to start planting corn on April 21, potatoes on April 14 and spinach on March 9.
Here’s a look at other crops, and when the Old Farmer’s Almanac says to start planting them in Lacey.
- Arugula – April 7
- Beets – April 7
- Carrots – March 17
- Chives – March 24
- Coriander – April 21
- Dill – March 17
- Green Beans – April 28
- Okra – May 5
- Onions – March 24
- Parsley – March 24
- Parsnips – March 31
- Peas – March 9
- Turnips – March 24
Even before the pandemic, mental health experts pointed to gardening as a way to Dealing with stress.
Gardening provides physical exercise and promotes healthier eating, but it can also reduce anxiety for people who consider themselves perfectionists, said psychologist Seth Gillihan.
“Given the lack of control we have, gardening can be a good antidote to perfectionism,” Gillihan wrote in a 2019 Psychology Today blog. countless factors you can’t predict – insect infestations, bad weather, hungry rodents.”
With so much beyond their control, perfectionism is a waste of time, he said, so gardeners may wonder “why bother” trying to be perfect.