(as opposed to "Naturist" - but this is not the appropriate website for anything like that...)
I have the following from another website I contributed to:
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 11 days until the predicted last frost here. (Memphis Area)
I should have some pictures up tomorrow - I noticed the trees don't show any sign of leaves yet, but some ground plants have come up and flowered (DAFFODILS!), which looks hopeful.
I see buds on my trees now - the bushes began to bud almost dead on the day the F/A ("Farmers Almanac")listed as the last frost (MAR-20-2010).
Apr 13, 2010 - old pumpkin seeds come out of ground - germinated two weeks ago?
- I claim full rights to those observations no matter what the hell they say at "the other place"!
What I see in this, is that the old pumpkin seeds (they were there because I ran over a punkin' with a riding mower) chose the right time to germinate and come out based on natural terms. The right amount of rain, temperature, etc...
Since those seeds need about ten to fourteen days to "LAUNCH" what that tells me is that when they began to sprout was the ideal time to plant seeds outdoors directly - and I am looking at that in terms of the last frost prediction.
Does this mean that when buds or signs of new leaf growth on trees appears, it is the ideal moment to put seed directly into the ground outdoors?
First the Daffodils come, then the Bushes and Shrubs begin to leaf - and this should serve as a count-down-timer for you and I as well, then the trees begin to leaf.
THAT is when seeds can be planted OUTSIDE!!!
Tell me that isn't one heck of an interesting insight....
That the vegetation surrounding us can tell us when it is right - no matter what is going on with the weather that season.