I checked my notes, last year we were at -6 degrees on May 19. Yesterday on May 19, we were at 29! It is ridiculously hot for May. Now, instead of not planting because of the fear of frost, we're not planting because of the fear of sun and lack of moisture.
The best time to plant is in the evening, when the sun and its water sucking powers have died down. But evenings are also prime time for soccer, biking, archery, doggie walks and BBQs. The garden has taken a back seat.
There is promise of some rain this weekend. We're hoping to seed some carrots, potatoes, beans, pumpkins, cucumbers, zucchini and flowers in the next couple of days. The seeds are already soaking on the counter.
We did plant some corn seeds yesterday to try to stagger the planting a little bit. We'll put some more in next week so that our corn harvest is spread over several weeks.
We also purchased our transplants: tomatoes, broccoli, kohlrabi, cauliflower, eggplant, peppers and some more basil for the backyard herb garden.