Wait to Plant Warm Weather Vegetables

plantsASHLAND, Ore. — It is that time of year again to start planting your garden, but the warm weather does not mean it is time to start planting all of your spring crops just yet.

Garden experts said it is okay to start planting your cool weather crops like lettuce, broccoli, and kale, but hold off on planting your warm weather crops for a few more weeks. Crops like tomatoes, peppers, and melons are sensitive to frost

“Protecting them with cloth sometimes isn’t enough,” said Kelly Brainard, Ashland Greenhouses owner.  “Cloth protects it within a few degrees so customers need to be really careful about putting those crops in too soon.”

Brainard said it is best to wait until mid-May to plant your warm weather crops.