Watch Out What You Plant Now

Lettuce seeded in pot in late February.

My youngest son said he was going to the store today to buy some plants. My first response was to warn him that it was too early to plant tender annuals and summer veggies. Yes, the temptation is strong and the plants are plentiful, but just remember April 15 is generally considered in our area the earliest it is safe to plant tender annuals and summer vegetables. So what can I plant? Almost any of the spring vegetables. There is still time to grow from transplants, and there is still time to seed outdoors things that are quick growing like lettuce. For flowering things it is fine to plant shrubs, cool weather annuals, and many perennials. Because of our frost date, be sure and plan on coming to the annual Birmingham Botanical Gardens plant sale April 13-15 at the Macy’s parking lot at Brookwood Village. Not only do they have great and unique plants, but also an excellent group of volunteers who have years of gardening experience.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

2 thoughts on “Watch Out What You Plant Now

  1. John,
    The shubs on my front lawn have been dieing. Trugreen says it looks as though it’s may have a disease. I want to replace them but I don’t want the same thing to happen to it. How should I handle it?

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