It was a difficult spring for gardeners and farmers. The average temperatures for May were very consistently 2.5 degrees below the normal. The biggest departure occurred on Prince Edward Island, where the mean average temperature was 3 degrees below the normal – this is significant.
After we switched to June, we had a little more heat, but the wind and the nights were cool. Frost warnings came into force last weekend and again Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday morning, the official temperature at Sydney at 3 am was 0. It was also 0 in Wreckhouse, N.L. Considering these temperatures weighing 1.5 meters above the ground, it was probably even colder on the ground level.
So, is your garden? Many of us are reluctant to plant themselves out; maybe memories of the ice killing last June kept us back.
I grew up in Ontario and it was always quite safe to plant after the long weekend in May. Shortly after I moved to Atlantic Canada – over 20 years ago – I began to hear people say it's not wise to put delicate plants until after a full moon in June!
it seems late, but on the basis of last year's ice freezing, it may be wise to wait. On 3 and 4 June 2018, many maritime communities were hit by devastating ice. Date of the full moon: June 28.
I recently excavated the old clipping in the newspaper that was telling widespread ice at the end of June in 1918 in southeastern New Brunswick. The first thing I did was check the calendar: the ice came on June 19 and 20. The full moon – she assumed – was after that, on June 24!
you hold, your waiting is almost done; this year, June full moon is on Monday – the moon full of strawberry.
Not everyone believes in time folklore. Yes; it has been proven to be true too many times to not.
Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network.