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Cool Weather Crops to Finish Early

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Cool weather crops like peas, cabbage, broccoli, kale and spinach will likely finish their lifespans early this spring because of the recent high temperatures. Perennial flowers also love this kind of weather.

Experts say the heat would have to last for several days to really have a negative impact on your garden. Most plants will hold up in the heat. The only thing to be slightly concerned about this time of year with hot days is your potted plants. They tend to dry out quicker than those plants in the ground.

“Just stick your finger in up to about the first or second knuckle and if it feels dry all that far down, then give it some water,” said OSU Master Gardener Jane Moyer.

We see fluctuating temperatures in the region each year. So, the hot to cold weather is not something your garden can’t handle. “This is just Spring in the Rogue Valley, you know, we always have a few hot days and everybody gets all excited and then we go back to normal Spring weather,” said Moyer.

Some people get excited about the hot weather and plant summer crops early. But there will still be freezing temperatures overnight that can damage your tomato crops until the middle of May, or even the end of the month.