Posted on February 21, 2011 at 10:04 PM
Tuesday, Feb 22 at 11:47 AM
This weekend it appeared many Central Texans with memories of an icy winter still fresh on the mind took a gamble in getting ready for their spring gardens.
Is it too early to plant?
“I'm gambling, that's what I think. I think it's going to be fine, but it might not be--in which case, we'll lug everything into the house again,” said Liza Talbot, who was buying plants for her garden Monday at the Great Outdoors Nursery on South Congress.
Merrideth Jiles, the general manager at the Great Outdoors, told KVUE that this past weekend they saw more business than the entire month of January.
Jiles showed us one table which on Saturday held hundreds of tomato plants. That same table on Monday had only two tomato plants left.
“Everyone I talk to, I tell them it's really too early to put them in the ground, but some people put them in larger pots, and save them, and some people are just willing to take the chance and go ahead and put them in the ground,” said Jiles.
According to KVUE Chief Meteorologist Mark Murray, Feb. 24 is the average date of the last freeze this part of Texas sees. Murray also reminded us that last Feb. 23, Austin and Central Texas experienced a snow storm.
The first day of spring is March 20.
“I don't see any more ice. I don't see any more snow coming yet. It has happened, though. We've had snow in March in Austin. We've had sleet all the way into April,” added Murray.
KVUE's nursery expert at the Great Outdoors says planting too early and giving up on plants before they regenerate are two of the biggest mistakes people make this time of year when it comes to planting.
“A lot of plants got a lot of damage from that really hard, long freeze, but even though it's been a couple of nice days, we need a couple of nice weeks before we're going to see if things survived or not,” added Jiles.
He also suggests following the advice of some of the old timers, which is never plant in the ground before the first pecan trees bud.