As you plan both spring and fall garden plantings, it's important to know the average dates for your area for the last spring frost and first fall frost. The NOAA Satellite and Information Service has provided Probability Tables for each state, with figures from various stations throughout the state. For the fall and spring dates of occurrence, and freeze-free period, probabilities are give for three temperatures (36, 32, and 28 degrees F) at three probability levels (10, 50, and 90 percent).
New Ideas for Preserving
Interest in putting food by has seen a tremendous resurgence in the last few years. Whether you're new to the experience or an old hand, it's important to have at least one basic book on hand, such as the Ball Blue Book. In addition, it's fun to have ideas for ways to go beyond the usual. Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry by Liana Krissoff (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2010, $24.95) definitely satisfies that need. It is filled with more than 150 recipes for canning, pickling, drying, and freezing that are varying degrees of being out of the ordinary. Plus, there are 50 recipes for using some of these preserved foods. There is also basic information on canning techniques.