I’ve been flipping through gardening magazines all winter, waiting for this weekend to arrive. We are heading into the final weekend of April and I say… it’s time to get digging.  Now some of you might say it’s a bit early and it is for certain things, but it’s never too soon to get out and prepare the beds and do some planning.

Grandma was always wary of frost until about mid-May! (she lived inland so she was probably wise to do so).  She always waited until the long weekend in May before putting everything out.  I’ve heard from some people who don’t plant directly in the garden until after the 1st full moon in June.  This year, that’s June 9th.

But what about the hard facts?  There are none.  I can give you the “average” last frost dates, but every now and again, we get a late frost, so…maybe Grandma was on to something.

Having said that, here are those average last frost dates:  

NOVA SCOTIA

Yarmouth…May 1st

Halifax:       May  6th

Kentville     May 16th

Shelburne    May 16th

Sydney:       May 24th

 

NEW BRUNSWICK:

Saint John:     May 18th

Bathurst:        May 19th

Fredericton    May 20th

Grand Falls    May 24th

Moncton        May 24th

Edmundston  May 28th

 

 

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

 

Summerside    May 9th

Charlottetown May 17th

Tignish            May 23rd

Let’s get back to the moon for a moment.  Grandma believed that gardening by the Moon was a great way to help plan above and below ground crops. Here's how it works:

Plant flowers and vegetables that bear crops above ground during the light, or waxing, of the Moon: from the day the Moon is new to the day it is full.

Plant flowering bulbs and vegetables that bear crops below ground during the dark, or waning, of the Moon: from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.

This weekend, the moon is waxing; it was new on the 26th.

Now, armed with all of this information and lore, get out there and play in the dirt! 

Chief Meteorologist

Cindy Day