Photo taken 05.18.2012
The snow has (nearly) melted off of Wedge Mountain, the iconic triangle shaped mountain easily viewable from the town of Leavenworth. A snow free Wedge Mountain is a common sign among local gardeners that it’s safe to plant tender annuals such as tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, basil and dahlias.
Photo by Amy Wilder
The safe time for planting without threat of frost typically occurs in the Upper Valley around the middle of May, while gardeners in Cashmere and Wenatchee are able to plant a little earlier. Although there is still a tiny bit of snow hanging on, we are going to go ahead and say the coast is clear. Forecasts call for cooling temperatures, compared to the weather we have had lately, with highs in the low 70’s but low temperatures should remain well above freezing, hovering in the low 40’s.