WATCHING MARCH COLD SNAPS FOR SPRING PLANT PROTECTION

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This is the time to plant tomatoes in North Florida in order to have a bountiful harvest before summer heat reduces the yield in June. The main concern is the risk of a sudden freeze in March.  But it’s worth the risk because it is easy to shelter the plants with boxes or buckets should an overnight freeze occur.

The worst of winter is behind us. While January had 8 freezes and only 6 days reaching 70 degrees or higher, February has had only one freeze and 13 days reaching 70 degrees or higher. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center indicates that the 90-day period March through May should be warmer than normal. That should be good news for North Florida and Southeast Georgia gardeners!

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