Is it time to plant gardens in Ottawa? We ask the experts

CBC Ottawa climatologist Ian Black and Neil Ritchie from Ritchie Feed and Seed Inc. discuss planting tips as the gardening season is upon us in the Ottawa area.

CBC Ottawa climatologist teams up with Ritchie Feed and Seed gardening expert to give advice

Ottawa gardening season advice

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Want to know if it's time to start planting things in the ground? Our Ottawa has you covered. 8:20

CBC Ottawa climatologist Ian Black and Neil Ritchie from Ritchie Feed and Seed Inc. discuss planting tips on Our Ottawa as the gardening season is upon us in the region.

Is it time to put plants into the ground? CBC Ottawa climatologist Ian Black, left, and Neil Ritchie of Ritchie Feed and Seed Inc., right, share their thoughts on Our Ottawa this week. (CBC)
The weekend of May 24 is widely thought to be a good time to start gardening in Ottawa, but there's always the potential for frost heading into June.

"You're pretty much safe at this point, but there might be a night or two where it does get pretty chilly, and you just cover up your plants," Black says.

"I can remember maybe 30 years ago when there was actually snow on the 24th of May, and I've had frost in the first week of June," Ritchie says.

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