The contrasts between the seasons in Northern New Jersey are very hard to imagine. Gardeners with spring fever beware! Old man winter exits reluctantly from this part of the world.
The local farmers use old school algorithms to determine their planting schedule....
"...when the oak tree is full of leaves, tomatoes are at ease..."
"..planting after Mother's Day keeps frost at bay..."
" ..May 15'th and after won't be a disaster..."
" Before May's final full moon spells a pepper's doom"
And Simone's dad tells us that in their hometown in Germany (which has a similar climate to NJ), farmers call May 11, 12, and 13 the "ice days."
Based on such highly scientific data, we exercise patience when planting out our summer crops. These pepper plants, which will soon be growing like weeds in our jungle-like summer, escaped this year's May 14'th freeze. For now they get a pampered head-start inside the barn.