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Old 03-26-2020, 05:11 PM
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I just measured the soil temp here in eastern Ok. The temp at 1/2" is 80F and at 2" is 75F. I have already planted my potatoes and onions.
But its still March for crying out lould. It cant be time to plant sweet corn, green beans, or tomatoes.

I have not lived here long enough to predict the last frost date. The trees have just started flowering and the white oaks have just started to produce leaves, but this still seems to be very early.

Can folks with more experience in this area help out, by suggesting a planting time for tender plants like sweet corn, and green beans.
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I just measured the soil temp here in eastern Ok. The temp at 1/2" is 80F and at 2" is 75F. I have already planted my potatoes and onions.
But its still March for crying out lould. It cant be time to plant sweet corn, green beans, or tomatoes.

I have not lived here long enough to predict the last frost date. The trees have just started flowering and the white oaks have just started to produce leaves, but this still seems to be very early.

Can folks with more experience in this area help out, by suggesting a planting time for tender plants like sweet corn, and green beans.
My grandmas BD was April 18. We always planted near her BD. Maybe that seems late, but I got burned going early a couple years ago when there was a flood, hail, then a late frost. I lost everything. My BD is April 15, now I don't plant before that date.
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Here in southern Indiana and bye the way, in the Ozarks, my folks liked to plant potatoes on or as near good friday as possible. They just did. We always had a good crop. My father would buy a #100 gunny sack of seed potatoes for cutting seed. I've seen the sprouts up 6-8" and a FROST was coming. We would hill the soil up to the top of the sprout, Saved em all.
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Gardner's who have lived here all their life are telling me we are a month early this year.
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We had record-setting heat here in central Oklahoma today, hopefully we will return to more normal temps soon.
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SW Missouri: Potato planing day is "St. Patric's Day" = most years here in this valley my potato's will get frosted, I add a week to that; for the last 10 years I have been planting then I hear the spring peepers the SECOND time, for 2 days in a row... which was a couple weeks BEFORE St. Pat's day ! Had one frost after, but then are just breaking ground now.

April 20 is a good bet to be frost free most years... I have a pepper, and a tomato out IN a half of a clear 55gal drum with 4 gal. of water. I will plant the rest in a week (2 weeks early), but inside 1/2 drums (they like heat, even if frost protection is not needed, they GROW much better the first 2-3 weeks covered (24/7, I do NOT uncover on hot sunny days).
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I'm in southern OK and I've got 1 stalk of corn barely started (tried 4 total, the others didn't take, but I know it's early for it). I planted Onions and Garlic along with a few sprouts of Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower and some fruit. In another week, I'll start the second batch of seedlings which should go out in 3-4 weeks, depending on how I feel and things that are going on. Tomatoes and such will go in that batch.

I'm going to play the game of riding on the hot weather we're getting right now and run to protect them if need be...
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we seem to be running a bit cold - should be regular 50s with some 60s & 70s >>> been barely 50 - had a good snowfall last week ...
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33 degrees and pouring rain today at dawn in Tulsa today. And that wind will take your breath away! As much as I want to put things in the ground, we aren't there yet!!
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Our temp is bouncing here. I planted early spring garden last month as it was 70* two weeks later is snowed. Had frost several times last week. Today is warm. My garlic doing great. onion sets are up maybe 2". I don't see any onion seed germinating. Same with leeks. Turnups and greens are up maybe 1/2". Few green peas and a few potatoes. Otherwise just weeds. the warm weather brought my fruit trees to bloom. Then it snow so most likely lost the crops. The weather guesser is not predicting good weather until May, here in the foothills.
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33 degrees and pouring rain today at dawn in Tulsa today. And that wind will take your breath away! As much as I want to put things in the ground, we aren't there yet!!
We got a very light drizzle here in central OK this morning, but it's been dry for most of the day.

My weather station is currently showing 36F, wind chill 35F. I'm sure it will get below freezing tonight, but as long as there is some wind then frost shouldn't be an issue.
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I just got the compost spread on my garden area, and I plan to plant corn around mid April.
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Here in the So Cal mountains the last couple years have gotten snow in May. We got 6 inches of snow on May 20th!! last year. Killed a lot of my plants and flowers. The year before that we got 6 inches on May 7th. I can`t even think about planting anything until June.
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We're heading into a six day stretch of upper 70's-mid 80's and the soil temp right now is about 64. I think Monday I'll plant that bed of Spring Treat corn, an early variety that will germinate in cooler soils. But between now and Monday that soil temp is going to go up.
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Only a week ago, we had record-breaking heat for this time of year, 94F where I live. And here I am today, hauling a load of wood up to the back door, for feeding into the fireplace later this evening.
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My dog ate my corn starter that lived and the garlic I had planted. I almost shot him i was so spittin mad... Then the cold hit. Nothing has officially died yet, but they're on life support. Now I'm trying to decide if I'm going to start the next batch of starts this week or next.
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Too wet here in the Arkansas River Valley to plant.
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Im in the foothills of Virginia and it has been warmish but fluctuating some. I do have some things in the ground already kind of taking a chance.
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Which is why you have at least some raised beds.....
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The weather forcast for next week in this area includes a hard freeze.
Good thing I took everyones advise, and waited to plant the corn and beans.
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