Gardeners who gave into temptation after multiple days of summerlike weather in mid-April would have done well to heed a Czech gardening legend. Known under various names, including the Three Frozen Kings, the three icemen – tři ledovi muži – or Three Ice Saints, Three Frozen Men or Three Iron Men, the Czech legend warns […]
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When temperatures climb in early spring, gardeners can be tempted to get everything in the ground, but in the Midwest, it’s best to heed a warning brought here generations ago by Czech immigrants. Known under various names, including the Three Frozen Kings, the three icemen – tři ledovi muži – or Three Ice Saints, Three […]
A long streak of pleasant weather this month made it particularly tempting for Iowans to start planting their gardens. This week’s colder-than-average temperatures, however, reinforce why they might have jumped the gun and offer an apt reminder about the legend of the Three Frozen Kings.
With frost warnings in some parts of Iowa, the Czech legend of the Three Frozen Kings is especially timely. Hopefully, your plants will be safe, but just in case temperatures dip below freezing, you should cover any peppers, tomatoes or other tender plants that you’ve already planted outdoors.
Even though we’ve enjoyed temperatures in the 70s and 80s this week, I hope you weren’t tempted to plant your peppers, tomatoes or other tender plants outside. I brought my tomato seedlings indoors in case temps dip below freezing in the next few days. Your perennials should be fine, but as a precaution, you might […]