MidWest Gardening forum: Average last freeze date?

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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Apr 25, 2012 10:00 AM CST
Just wondering cuz I had bed sheets out a few weeks ago to protect some of my early plants. I did not want to wash all those sheets if I was going to have to put them out again...so they are sitting in a basket in the laundry room. Can anyone tell me the average last freeze date? I'd like to wash these sheets and put them away if the garden is out of danger.

Thanks!
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philljm
Apr 25, 2012 8:20 PM CST
In the Midwest, who knows!!! I think last year in south central Wisconsin we had a freeze (or was it just a frost?) pretty late in May. As for this year, the temps are too weird to even have a clue ~Jan
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chelle
Apr 26, 2012 6:44 AM CST
May 15th here, I think. You may be close to being in the clear according to this listing http://www.naturalgardening.com/shop/frostdatesa-n.php3 .

We're forecasted 3 nights in a row of low 30's beginning tomorrow night.

Hopefully, the cloud cover will hang around until this is past.
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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Apr 26, 2012 8:36 AM CST
Thanks Ladies, there is a variety of info. out there with differnet dates, sigh. I guess I won't get in a rush.

drewtoby
May 4, 2012 7:32 PM CST
philljm said:In the Midwest, who knows!!! I think last year in south central Wisconsin we had a freeze (or was it just a frost?) pretty late in May. As for this year, the temps are too weird to even have a clue ~Jan


I would wait until mother's day. But it has been so warm lately!!!!
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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
May 5, 2012 7:09 AM CST
Hi drewtoby, I think that is a good idea. I'm holding off on buying/annuals till then. It is hard to believe at this point there will be another frost but I've been "bit" before.
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
May 11, 2012 6:35 PM CST
Maridell, in zone 4b (which is where I am/was until the USDA changed me to 5a but I don't necessarily believe it) I would wait until at least Memorial Day to consider it safe, or, better yet, until after the full moon in early June. And even then, "who knows" ?? Shrug!
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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
May 11, 2012 7:13 PM CST
Thanks Sandy. My husband got tired of looking at the basket of sheets and washed them Rolling on the floor laughing

I have put off planting any annuals...but will probably cave in the next week and go shopping.
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daylilydreams
May 11, 2012 8:29 PM CST
Just planted my tomatoe and pepper plants in a large planter and big pots yesterday. Will keep an eye on the weather forcast and cover them if the temps get to cold. I usually wait until Memorial Day, but got spring fever this year they won't be hard to cover if needed. The plants have been outdoors except for one night since I bought them around the first of May.

I have all my annuals and will likely plant them next week or if the temps are to cold I can always put them in the garage at night.
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Name: Evan
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eclayne
May 11, 2012 8:43 PM CST

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Maridell said:Just wondering cuz I had bed sheets out a few weeks ago to protect some of my early plants. I did not want to wash all those sheets if I was going to have to put them out again...so they are sitting in a basket in the laundry room. Can anyone tell me the average last freeze date? I'd like to wash these sheets and put them away if the garden is out of danger.

Thanks!

This search works for me every time...

*"State university" extension last frost date*

in your case: "Iowa state university extension last frost date" yielded http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/2005/5-4-2005/iowafr...
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
May 11, 2012 9:37 PM CST
great advice, Evan -- the extension services have a wealth of information (speaking as a Michigan State alumnus Smiling )
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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
May 12, 2012 7:59 AM CST
Thank you Evan!

I noticed in the newspaper we are forecasted to have a low of 38 tonight, brrr.
Name: Evan
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eclayne
May 12, 2012 8:03 AM CST

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Your welcome.
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gchrismer
Apr 9, 2016 10:46 AM CST
I buy my annuals before Memorial Day weekend just to avoid the crazy crowd rush. But I usually wait until then to plant them - and most go in planters and pots by the front of house so are more protected from cold. I just don't trust the weather here before then! The latest killing frost I remember here was a June many years ago - I remember it clearly because I was driving to friends' wedding and all the corn and soybean plants that had come up were frozen in the fields. Sad for the farmers especially.
I have had springs where daffodil buds froze on the plants. It was very sad.... Thumbs down

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