re: The pansy question. I guess I got in the habit of seeding them in early while working at a local nursery. Like all commercial growers, they were looking for early color to stimulate sales. It was by accident I found I could harden them off and plant them out a month before our last frost date, which is toward the last of May. And after reading the hint in The New Seed Starter Handbook, I’ve tried stretching it to six to seven weeks in a sheltered area. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I’m growing Can Cans and Flamencos this year and a couple of new varieties of viola. I’ll let you know what happens when I plant them out in April.
In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.
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