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Subject: Thoughts on an early spring?
Date Posted: 1/31/2012 11:25 PM ET
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So, will the groundhog see his shadow?  It has been so warm this winter!  I am tempted to push the last frost date a little.  I checked the Farmer's Almanac website for the last frost date for my zip code for this year and it is the same as usual - Mid April.  Neat site, you can find all kinds of info, best planting dates, planting calendars for moon cycles and a lot of other stuff.

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Date Posted: 2/1/2012 4:40 AM ET
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My last frost date is May 15. 

Date Posted: 2/1/2012 9:12 AM ET
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Here we tend to have a lot of mild weather throughout the winter, then a cool front around Easter (which may or may not include a freeze). My city wasn't on the main chart and the second was too confusing - it's either Feb. 10 or March 28. lol

I'm planning to plant some cool season stuff this weekend and hope it doesn't get too warm before it all sprouts.

Date Posted: 2/1/2012 4:07 PM ET
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Our last frost date is the end of May.  We are always warned not to put tomato plants in until Memorial Day weekend.

Date Posted: 2/1/2012 4:27 PM ET
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Denise, click on the almanac link, then select 'weather', then 'frost dates'.  Scroll to the bottom and click on the word here where it says "For more locations click here."  On the left in the middle of the page, select your state, and it will open a state frost date calendar in a pdf file with all the counties listed in your state.

I'm wondering if the frost dates will be earlier than everyone thinks because it has been so warm this winter.

Date Posted: 2/1/2012 9:43 PM ET
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Carole, I found the second chart, but it gives you a range of dates - that's what I meant. My last date of frost is between those two days. lol

Date Posted: 2/2/2012 7:37 PM ET
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planting according to phase of Earth's Moon?     I thought that was  'old wives' tales' stuff!    There used to be an old saw about when to plant your potatoes----on Saint Patrick's Day, of course!

Date Posted: 2/9/2012 5:33 PM ET
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Oh no, Bonnie!!  The farmer's almanac has been publishing those dates for all these years for a good reason!  My grandmother swore by that book.  It really does make a difference.  Above ground crops actually do grow better, and seedlings sprout better and grow more vigorously as young plants if planted during the waxing moon phase.