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(Updated 6:30 a.m., April 22)
Bye, bye winter; hello to a new growing season

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

J.A Laporte Flowers and Nursery owner Estelle Laporte and the knowledgeable staff at the east end garden centre are ready for another busy growing season. File photo

With winter finally behind us and spring in full bloom, our thoughts can finally turn to our gardens – or at least the planning part.

J.A. Laporte Flowers and Nursery owner Estelle Laporte warns that it is still far to early to plant any annuals.
“The general rule of thumb to wait until Victoria Day weekend, any earlier than that and you risk losing your plants to frost,” says Laporte.

Victoria Day falls on May 23. You can also begin planting some plants on Mother’s Day, which is May 8, but be prepared to cover them up in the advent of a frost warning.

In the interim, there are some gardening and lawn care duties you can get started on now.

During these early days to the growing season, it's good to start with the lawn by adding fertilizer and overseeding bare patches with the proper seed.

This is also the perfect time to plant shrubs and trees, but if you’re desperate to add some colour to your space stick to hardy pansies or hanging baskets which can be taken indoors if there’s a risk of frost.

The most common mistake amateur gardeners make is planting annuals too early in the season, only to see them die off in a late frost. The average date of the last frost in this region is May 11.

One thing you can start planting in early May are vegetables such as carrots, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes and peas. It’s also safe to plant leaf vegetables such as lettuce, kale and spinach.

If you’re in any doubt at all be sure to visit the folks at J.A. Laporte Flowers and Nursery at 455 Famille-Laporte Ave. and they will be happy to answer your questions and offer their advice.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)


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