National Gardening Day
Photo by Cooper Henckel
Story By Cooper Henckel
Local News Published 04/14/2021 3:19PM
Rhinelander – “People are definitely interested in the warmer crops like peppers and tomatoes but it still is a little bit early.” says Beth Hanson, manager at Hanson’s Garden Village. “We want everyone to just chill out a little bit on that.”
Hanson warns the soil might be ready, but air temperatures are still too up and down.
“Soil temperatures are good but we still are waiting for the day time air temperatures and the night time temps to regulate because you’re not gonna want anything below freezing for any of these warmer, summer growing crops,” says Hanson.
Warm temperature crops will have to wait despite the unseasonably warm weather.
“We’re hoping it will be an early spring this year so we’re hoping maybe mid may, people can start thinking about that,” says Hanson.
There’s plenty you can do now to make sure your garden takes full advantage of the shorter growing season here in the Northwoods
“Cutting back foliage of perennials, tress, and shrubs based on what it is. you can get your soils ready in your vegetable gardens: add compost, fertilizer, any kind of amendments you might be needing to get your beds ready for spring,” says Hanson.
You can also get some heartier plants in the ground now
“Seed potatoes started, onions planted, some of the cold crop vegetables: Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage,” says Hanson.
And if you’re still not ready to commit to breaking ground with gardening, there are plenty of options to get you started with a less long-term outlook.
“Sometimes the easiest gardening is container gardening and that anybody can do,” says Hanson. “You don’t need any plot of land or anything like that.”
Hanson says anyone eager to get dirty should check out their spring gardening classes or look for similar ones in their own community
“We have a full schedule of spring planting classes and a lot of them are nice because you can plant ’em and leave ’em here and we’ll get ’em nice and big and grown and you can come back when the weather breaks and have it ready to go outside,” says Hanson.