Safe Planting Date

Gardeners in Tennessee should be wary of planting anything this weekend. I know the temptation to put things in the ground is great (it's eating away at me too) but just look below at the temperatures for Sunday and Monday night. According to The Weather Channel it dips very close to freezing. A much better day to plant would be Wednesday April 16th which is the day after the typical last freeze in Tennessee. It looks like we will be safe from the deadly freeze we had last year but you may want to cover up anything that has a bunch of new green growth. Last years temperatures dipped into the teens. When you cover things up cloth works best but plastic will work as long as it isn't touching the plant. The cold will go right through the plastic to your precious plants. Avoid the temptation to stop by the nursery this weekend, or if you do put the plants you buy in a safe place like a garage window until Wednesday. There is never a guarantee that it won't freeze after the 15th but it's usually a good guide to go by. For Tennessee, taxes and plants actually go together!

Tennessee 10 Day Forecast as reported by The Weather Channel

(Date, Forecast, Temperature, Chance of Precipitation)

Tonight Apr 10, T-Storms / Wind Late, 64°, 100 %,

Friday Apr 11, Scattered T-Storms / Wind, 73°/46°, 50 %,

Saturday Apr 12, Partly Cloudy / Wind, 57°/39°, 20 %,

Sunday Apr 13, Few Showers, 50°/35°, 30 %,

Monday Apr 14, Partly Cloudy, 50°/34°, 20 %,

Tuesday Apr 15, Sunny, 61°/39°, 10 %,

Wednesday Apr 16, Sunny, 68°/49°, 10 %,

Thursday Apr 17, Sunny, 71°/50°, 0 %,

Friday Apr 18, Sunny, 74°/53°, 10 %,

Saturday Apr 19, Sunny, 74°/51°, 0 %,

Of course you know the saying, if you don't like the weather in Tennessee wait a few minutes. It'll change!