Just a reality check for impatient gardeners everywhere -- it's not summer.  Yes, I know it's going up to 80 degrees today and you're wearing shorts and itching to plant some annuals, but trust me, don't do it.

I can pretty much guarantee you'll be wearing your winter coat again before planting time, and if you jump the gun and plant now, you'll lose all your plants to an overnight frost. Truly.

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Wait until mid-May to set out annuals; Mother's Day is ideal. And it's best to wait until Memorial Day weekend before planting vegetables like tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers and peppers outdoors.

Here are some things you can do: Start seeds indoors | Make compost | Make your own potting mix