The potato-planting tradition on Good Friday could be premature for 2023. What has been a particularly cold spring might not bode well for getting potatoes in the ground this Friday, April 7, with temperatures dipping around the freezing mark just the week before. While some parts of Iowa are experiencing soil temperatures above 45 degrees […]
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Gardening folklore calls for planting potatoes on Good Friday, but that date can fluctuate from the wintry throes of March to somewhat balmy days in late April. In 2019, Easter falls on the latest date in nearly a decade, April 21, placing Good Friday on April 19, weeks later than last year’s Good Friday on […]
A relaxing day at Wapsipincon State Park this past weekend helped me appreciate the waterways that run through Iowa. Unfortunately, our state doesn’t have the best reputation for pristine rivers, streams and lakes, but efforts are underway to make changes, utilizing the sometimes overlooked connection between healthy soils and clean water. One of those projects […]
Last year was somewhat of an anomaly. By mid-March 2012, morel hunters were finding the sponge-like delicacies across Iowa when temperatures climbed unseasonably high in early spring. This year, with the ground still too cold for the mushrooms to grow, morel
I can’t imagine that too many Iowa gardeners will be planting potatoes in accordance with the Good Friday tradition this year. The ground currently is too cold and soggy to plant potatoes or much of anything else and Good Friday falls on March 29 this year – the earliest it’s been in five years.