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 […]
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Don’t let Iowa’s picture-perfect weather fool you. Even in May, we could still experience a night or two of frost, as noted in a Czech tale brought to the United States by immigrants. According to the Three Kings legend, the three kings or saints – Pankrac on May 12, Servac on May 13 and Bonifac […]
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.
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 […]