Contact Us

Yakima Valley Gardeners Look Beyond Science to Make Things Grow – Brian’s Blog

Getty Images

Farmers, orchardists, and even home gardeners have a vast array of scientific data that they can access to get things growing. But many here in the Yakima Valley use a couple of methods just as reliable: they look at the calendar and the mountains.

Be it up to the second frost data, computer temperature models, and other weather data, many people who make things grow in the Yakima Valley take a more traditional route when it comes to setting out their seedlings. They may plant by phases of the moon, or swear by the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

There are two things that a couple of longtime growing experts taught me about when to put out plants so they won’t freeze.

One was my late uncle, Marvin Lawrence, a lifelong farmer and rancher. Farming in the lower Yakima Valley, his mantra was “don’t put out any seedlings while there is snow on Satus Peak (elevation 4,182) and you won’t lose any to frost”. It works.

The other comes from Colonial Lawn and Garden’s Lance Forsee. He says not to put out any seedlings before Mother’s Day. That one works as well.

Are there any gardening superstitions about the Yakima Valley that you swear by? Leave us a comment and share one with us.

Get some localized gardening tips here.

Best of KIT

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KIT VIP quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KIT VIP contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.