Despite the sun, too early for many plants |

Despite the sun, too early for many plants

The last storm of winter may roll over the county and a cold snap or even a late snow storm still could strike, yet anxious gardeners already are asking nurseries for tomato seedlings – tender things that thrive on warm weather.

After two weeks of glorious skies and warm temperatures despite Monday night’s cool weather, it’s not just Southern California transplants who are asking where the marigolds are.

“The natives get restless, too. They think it’s time as soon as the sun starts shining,” Valerie Hayden said Monday. She has worked at Weiss Bros. Nursery in Grass Valley for 12 years, and she’s been busy for three weeks waiting on customers anxious to start digging.

Spring starts on Wednesday, but the old-timers say not to plant until after Memorial Day. That’s good advice, Hayden said, unless you want to put in your vegetable garden twice.

“Mother Nature has her own agenda,” Hayden said.

For those who have spring fever, there are a number of cool-season crops that will stand the foothill’s unpredictable spring weather. Lettuce, spinach, onions, chard, artichokes and strawberries can all be planted now.

And if you haven’t pruned roses and fruit trees, “it’s time to get on it,” Hayden advised.


To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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