It’s shaping up to be a record-setting year in Anchorage. Ten new record high temperatures have already been set, and eight additional record highs tied. With warmer than normal temperatures forecast through the summer months, 2016 could be the warmest year ever recorded in Anchorage.


However, gardeners shouldn’t get overexcited about the warm weather. With occasional freezes still happening, it’s still too early to plant, according to gardeners at the Mile 5.2 Greenhouse in Eagle River. The cold weather is likely to harm or kill plants left out overnight. Mid to late May is the prime time to begin planting things outside.


If you want to play it extra safe, wait until after Memorial Day.


If you can’t wait that long to put your green thumb to use, you can begin your planting inside. Herbs are great plants to grow for beginner gardeners, and do well inside a garage or window sill. Herbs like abundant sunlight, so try to put them in a south-facing window, and water them once per day.


It’s okay to begin hardening them off if temperatures are in the 50s by leaving them outside for a few hours a day, but don’t forget to bring them indoors at night. Once the warm temperatures are here to stay, you can move the herbs outside for the summer. While they can be planted in the ground, it’s easiest to leave them in a pot or planter, so they can be brought inside when the cold returns.


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