Western Montana gardeners need to be ready for any kind of weather

Posted at 9:50 AM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 11:50:51-04
Pink Grizzly Gardening
Pink Grizzly manager Leah Rediske says everybody’s itching to get out in the dirt. (MTN News photo)

MISSOULA – The beautiful weather coming up is sure to put a smile on many people’s faces but in Montana, the temperatures can change quickly.

So, when is the right time to start planting flowers? And what if you’ve never planted before?

Staff at Pink Grizzly in Missoula suggested growing what you want to eat, making sure your plants have plenty of fertilizer and checking nighttime temperatures frequently to avoid stress-induced hormonal changes in your crops.

Pink Grizzly manager Leah Rediske says everybody’s itching to get out in the dirt and that after the first of June, they see more people coming in to stock their veggie garden.

“I think right now we have the green light for planting any crop you desire to grow that works in Montana so that’s really anything from artichoke to zucchini and everything in between,” Rediske said.

“All your flowers are good to go. Typically our last frost day in Missoula is the 24th of May but we’ve definitely had years where the second week of June we can get a frost,” she continued.

“So I encourage folks to watch the weather. check those nighttime temps more so than the daytime temps because that’s more important for your production in your garden for your flowers than the day time temps will be.”

If you have any questions about how to start a garden of your own Pink Grizzly encourages you to come in and ask away.