Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Every once in a while the weather becomes so perfect it’s almost hard to believe this is Maine. The next week is going to be one of those periods where you might quip, “Why can’t it always be like this”. Cool mornings and mild afternoons with plenty of sunshine are going to repeat itself over and over into Friday. There won’t be much difference in how high or low temperatures get each day.
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This morning is going to end up being the coolest of the next 7 days and perhaps was even the last morning we see temperatures in the lower 30s, but that is a tough call to make. I put all my houseplants outside yesterday with the expectation I won’t see another frost, at least inside inside a few miles of the coast. I have all the house plants covered with row cover this morning so that the tender leaves don’t burn.
After a winter inside the leaves of most plants will burn if you place them directly in the strong sun. If you don’t have row cover, which most of you do not, put your plants in the sun for a few hours in the morning and then move them into afternoon shade for a few days. If you live inland, expect another frost or two, but you could move things outside, just move them inside if temperatures are forecast to go below 35F.
David Epstein has been a meteorologist for more than 25 years. He spent 16 years in Boston and currently freelances at WGME13 in Portland.
In 2006, David founded GrowingWisdom.com, a business producing educational and marketing videos for the green industry. He currently is a professor at Framingham State College, teaches Jan Plan at Colby College and owns Bloomscapes Inc., a landscape design business.
David authored "Gardens Of New England" and his work has been published in Grolier's Science Annual for 10 years. He lives in South Natick, Mass., and has a summer home in Harpswell.