Last weekend I finally did get my vegetable garden started. I have some small broccoli plants started and I got my swiss chard in the ground. I want to get more done this weekend, if the weather holds out. So lets take a look at some facts and figures, as well as the long range forecast.
-The latest freeze at the Binghamton airport occurred May 25th, 1956. Record lows range from 34 to 38 degrees from May 26th-31st.
-The average last frost occurs by the 20th of May for most of us, while the higher elevations in the Catskills, Poconos, Tioga County, PA, and southwestern Steuben County don’t see the last frost until the last weekend of the month.
In the short term, it appears there is a frost threat Monday morning and possibly Tuesday morning (although this is less likely). In the long term May 19th-27th, it appears that we’re headed for above average temperatures. The probability of seeing above average temperatures is 50%. Average highs in this time frame range from 67-69 degrees, while the lows range from 47-50 degrees.
Based on this, I think I will be getting most everything planted in the garden this weekend. I’m not planting plants, but seeds, so I should be good to go as far as avoiding any frost issues. The only thing I’ll wait on are my tomatoes. I’ll probably get those in Memorial Day Weekend, just to be safe.
You may be wondering what I’m planting in my garden this year, so here’s my lineup!
Corn, Carrots, Broccoli, Beans, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Summer Squash (yellow), Lettuce, Green Onions, and Cucumbers.