Answer: You can plant garlic and broccoli raab about 2 weeks before your last frost date. If you have a cold snap, try covering the planting with a floating row cover such as Reemay. Also, wait until the ground's dried out before planting! The way this spring has been going, I dont' think you'll have to water your azalea, hibsicus and potentilla at all!!! Actually, if it doesn't rain at least 1" a week, then consider watering. You can also mulch the base of the plants to conserve moisture and lessen the amount of watering you have to do. The last frost dates are only estimates of when you can place plants out. Eventhough your last frost date is in April, the soil may still be too cold to place out warm season crops until May. Unless, you're in a hurry, there's no need to rush warm season plants such as tomatoes into the garden. The cool season plants need to be out early, but this also depends on the weather and year. This spring has been wet and cool, so you'd probably wait a bit longer toput plants out. By now, however, you should have most flowers and vegetables seeded or planted into the garden.
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