May 1 column: Warm-season crops

Here is a link to my column in the Sunday edition of The Spokesman-Review: Beans, corn: Warm-season crops kick off. It is the first of two parts on planting and growing veggies that love the heat. The second part will run in two weeks.

I’ll tell you, this spring has been one of the most frustrating and discouraging ones I’ve had to put up with. In theory, we should be able to plant all of the warm-season crops between May 15th and June 1st. I suppose it’d be dangerous for me to make any predictions on when it’s really going to happen.

But my advice to you is to keep an eye on the weather forecasts, consider using some floating row cover or frost blankets to give the plants a little extra protection from the cold, and try not to lose your enthusiasm!