CRYSTAL LAKE AND CARY, IL – The right time to start planting seeds outdoors varies by year, and even more so by region. But an Old Farmer’s Almanac tool can help gardeners in Crystal Lake and Cary plan ahead by finding the typical date of the last spring frost.
The average date of the last spring frost in Crystal Lake and Cary is May 5. This opens a 151-day growing season, as the typical first frost date in the fall is October 4.
There is a 30 percent chance of the freeze occurring after May 5, as the date is determined using national historical ocean and atmospheric data from 1981 to 2010, and is not “set in stone. Said the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
May 5 is the average date of last “light frost” in Crystal Lake and Cary. A “light frost,” according to the almanac, occurs when the temperature drops to between 29 and 32 degrees Fahrenheit, at which time tender plants can be killed. A “moderate frost,” between 25 and 28 degrees, is destructive to most vegetation, and a “severe frost” below 24 degrees can cause serious damage to most garden plants, according to the almanac.
As the second pandemic gardening season kicks off in Crystal Lake and Cary, the Old Farmer Almanac has another tool to help gardeners decide when to plant which crops.
In Crystal Lake and Cary, the tool shows that it is generally best to start planting corn between May 5 and May 19, potatoes between April 28 and May 19, spinach between March 24 and on April 14, coriander between May 5 and 19 and green beans between May 12. to June 2
The 2021 gardening season is expected to be busy, just as the 2020 season was due to the coronavirus pandemic and associated stop orders. the pandemic has led to a ‘global gardening boom, âaccording to a 2020 Agriculture Week report, as seed companies garnered unprecedented interest.
The Burpee Seed Co. sold more seeds last March, when the pandemic began, than any other month in their 144-year history, Agriculture Week reported, and Johnny’s Selected Seed saw a 270% increase in its sales during the 2020 gardening season.
Sustained seed sales don’t just reflect an interest in a hobby that facilitates social distancing. Experts say gardening is therapeutic.
âThere are some very stabilizing forces in gardening that can take hold of us when we feel shaky, unsure and terrified,â Joel Flagler, professor at Rutgers University, told Agriculture Week. “It is these predictable results and the predictable rhythms of the garden that are so heartwarming right now.”
Even before the pandemic, mental health experts saw gardening as a way to Coping with stress.
Gardening provides physical exercise and promotes healthier eating, but it can also reduce anxiety in people who see themselves as perfectionists, said psychologist Seth Gillihan.
âGiven the lack of control we have, gardening can be a good antidote to perfectionism,â Gillihan wrote in a Psychology Today 2019 blog. countless factors you can’t predict: insect infestation, inclement weather, hungry rodents.
With so much out of their control perfectionism is a waste of time, he said, so gardeners may wonder “why bother” trying to be perfect.