The cool wet spring has played havoc with vegetable gardens.
Seeds have been slow to sprout. Some haven't sprouted at all. And it's starting to feel like we're falling behind.
Horticulturists Kathleen Cue and Mary Anna Anderson of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension reassure our readers that all is not lost.
Cue and Anderson spent more than an hour Thursday answering questions during an Omaha.com discussion. Questions ranged from zoysia to dandelions to maple trees.
Here are two questions and answers relating to vegetable gardens:
Q: The swiss chard and carrots I planted three weeks ago still haven't germinated, but my beets, lettuce and spinach are up. Should I replant? What should I do to make sure they germinate this time?
A: The chard and carrot seeds could be rotting or they could simply be waiting for warmer soils. Beets, spinach and lettuce will germinate in cooler soils. Chard and carrots, however, prefer slightly warmer soils. If you don't see germination within the next two days, plan to plant seeds again. Soil temperature is critical to seed germination. For carrots and chard, make sure the soil temperature is 55 degrees or higher.
Q: Is it OK to plant tomatoes and peppers and green beans this weekend? Is it too late to plant spinach and chard?
A: It should be fine to plant your warm season crops, like beans, peppers and tomatoes, this weekend. Chard will probably still do well if you want to plant it. Spinach may be a bit different in that it prefers cooler growing conditions. As an experiment, you could seed a short row of spinach to see if you'll get much production before it bolts (goes to seed). You can also plant spinach in the fall.
We do these online chats periodically, so if you've got a gardening question, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read all the questions/answers from Thursday's chat ... and to read previous weeks' discussions, check here: