In Germany and Austria – as well as other parts of Europe – exists a period in May, during which is it very much likely to get a late cold spell and night frosts. In the mountainous regions of my former home in Austria, there was, as a rule, no planting of vegetables or potatoes ahead of this period at all.
This period runs from Mai 11th to May 15th on the feast days of certain Saints, jointly called “Eisheilige”, which means Frost Saints or Ice Saints. For those who like detail: the Saints are Mamertus, Pankratius, Servatius, Bonifatius and Sopia of Rome, also known als Cold Sophia, ending the frosty days.
Alas, climate changes. Also, Berlin is not as harsh as my home, weatherwise. So I do have vegetables out already, with the salads doing fine in their elevated and sheltered spot. And I do confess, that I planted my potatoes early this year, too (this would count as downright crazy back home, so please, don’t tell my Mom) . Meanwhile, the first sprouts are just about to show.
But the Frost Saints did arrive here in Berlin, too. Albeit a little early, this year. During the last few days, it was very cold, with frost overnight. I had to protect my veggies and seedlings with cloth overnight. But today, I hope, the cold spell is finished. The forecast promises +1° C tonight, with increasing temperatures during the week.
So my little garden helper cat Lilly and I did away with the frost covering today and planted some more veggies. The plants still sat waiting inside in their starter trays. I hope, they are survivors.