Gardeners, greenhouses are ready, but spring weather slow to cooperate; heirloom sale
GREEN BAY – Remember when Jimmy the Groundhog didn’t see his shadow in Sun Prairie and predicted an early spring?That was 12 weeks ago, on Feb. 2, and yet somehow here we are still talking about wind chills and snow.Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy … Everybody has an off-day but really, fella?It was just this week that WGBA-TV (NBC26) meteorologist Brittney Merlot started out her early-morning forecast by saying, “I’m so sorry. Yes, it is snowing out there, you guys.”When the calendar says it’s almost May and the daily weather still comes with a snow apology, it doesn’t exactly put a spring in your step, especially for gardeners eager to get to another growing season.
Heirloom Plant Sale
Looking for a “Black Pineapple” tomato or a seriously hot yet citrusy “Lemon Drop” pepper? The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Natural and Applied Sciences’ 25th annual sale features 220 varieties and cultivars of heirloom plants, including oodles of peppers and tomatoes but also herbs, zinnias, melons, sunflowers, greens and other vegetables, all grown in the Laboratory Sciences greenhouse.