Answer by: Loralie Cox, Utah State University Extension Cache County Horticulture Agent

With spring approaching, it is time once again to think about planting and gardening. Knowing the average last frost date gives gardeners the opportunity to make specific plans for planting both hardy and tender plants in the garden.

         Cold hardy vegetables can be planted four to six weeks before the last frost date. Some of these include broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, onions, peas and spinach. These crops thrive in cool weather and should not be planted late in the spring. Pea seeds, for example, can germinate when soil temperatures are about 40 F while tomato seeds germinate best when soil temperatures are above 65 F. Beets, carrots, chard, onion sets and radishes are hardy plants that can be planted two to four weeks before the last frost date.
freeze chart
Plants that are not cold hardy should be planted around the frost free date. These include beans, squash, corn and tomatoes. Peppers, eggplant, cucumbers and melons require hot weather to grow well and should be planted about a week after the last expected frost. These plants may be injured if planted too early and consequently may not grow or flower well throughout the rest of the season. To get a jump on the season, several of these warm season vegetables may be started by seed inside, then planted outside when temperatures warm.
            If planted indoors, tomato and pepper seeds should be planted six to eight weeks before the last frost. The seedlings should have a bright light source such as a south window or a fluorescent light structure placed several inches above. Squash, cucumbers and melons should be seeded about two to three weeks before transplanting to the garden.

Wasatch Beekeepers Association Monthly Meeting

Monthly Association Meetings take place regularly on the third Thursday of every month except December. Meetings are open to the public. For information about upcoming meeting agendas and presenters email or call

President: Owen Parry 801-867-7778                                                                               Or                                                                                                                                              Public Relations: Denise Hunsaker 801-953-0304

The typical meeting includes presentations on:

  • “A Month In Beekeeping,” outlining what beekeepers should be doing with their hives in the coming month
  • Beekeeping practices and strategies ranging from hive inspections to candle-making, by experienced WBA members and outside sources
  • the latest research in beekeeping from visiting faculty who are experts in honeybee science

Social Hour – 6:15 – 7:00 pm  |  Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Meetings are held at:

Salt Lake County Government Complex, in the South Building room S1007

Wasatch Beekeepers October 2016 Meeting

This month we will be talking about winterizing your hives. Mike Adams, owner, of Wasatch Wood Works, will be showing us what a candy board is and why you might need one on your hive to supplement their food.

Joey Caputo, from the Utah Department of Agriculture, will be there to review some of the nasty things that affect your bees during the winter.

Owen Parry, President of the WBA will be explaining what you need to do to get your hives ready for winter.

After the meeting, there will be a seed exchange for those that are interested.

Meeting will take place at 2001 S. State in the North Building the Council Chambers.

**Remember there is the Candy Board workshop this weekend. Oct 22nd from 10-4pm & Oct 23rd 10-2pm. Click Here to get details on the workshop.

July WBA Meeting – Mosquito Abatement Dept & Honey Harvesting – Thursday – July 21st – 7pm

We have a special guest speaker, Ary Faraji, Ph.D., from Mosquitos Abatement Department who will be explaining what they do and how it is related to your honey bees. Prenten Frazier will be showing how to harvest honey. Please join us to learn more about mosquito abatement and get ideas about harvesting honey!

Room N2-800 Salt Lake County Government campus, 2001 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84190


Apiary Visit (1-2pm) & WBA Annual BBQ – 2-4pm – Jordan Park – June 18th, 2016

Small change in the Saturday schedule due to unforeseen changes in people’s schedules.

The Apiary Visit will now take place prior to the BBQ.

–1:00pm-2:00pm Apiary visit

–Chad Hosler will host an apiary visit in the Glendale area (neighborhood house) 1050 W. 500 S., SLC.

–Please be prompt and wear your bee suit. We will be demonstrating a mite count with an alcohol wash.

Annual WBA BBQ will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 2:00pm-4:00pm at Jordan Park pavilion east. (1060 S 900 W, Salt Lake City, UT  84104)

—BBQ will start at 2:00pm

—Bring a side dish and your beverages. The club is supplying the meat. This is a family friendly, social event, and auction. Please bring one item to auction off and funds to buy an item.

Hope you can join us!

Click here to add the BBQ to your calendar and see the google map!

June WBA Meeting – Thursday – June 16th @ 7pm

Guest Speaker: Ary Faraji Ph.D. from the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District. This is an excellent lesson for all beekeepers.

James Peirce, Program Director: Open discussion on what is going on in your hive this time of year, what the beekeepers should be doing and what they should be looking for.

Salt Lake County Government campus, 2001 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84190 in room N2-800

Interesting Facts About Honey & Honey Bees

Іntеrеѕtіng fасtѕ аbоut hоnеу аnd hоnеу bееs:

– Тhе hоnеу bее іѕ thе оnlу іnѕесt thаt рrоduсеѕ fооd еаtеn bу mаn.

– Тhе аvеrаgе wоrkеr bее рrоduсеѕ аbоut 1/12th tеаѕрооn оf hоnеу іn hеr lіfеtіmе.

– Тwо tаblеѕрооnѕ оf hоnеу wоuld fuеl а hоnеу bее flуіng оnсе аrоund thе wоrld.

– Вееѕwах рrоduсtіоn іn mоѕt hіvеѕ іѕ оnlу аbоut 1.5% tо 2.0% оf thе hоnеу уіеld.

– А соlоnу оf bееѕ саn соntаіn bеtwееn 20,000 аnd 60,000 bееѕ, but оnlу оnе quееn bее

– 99% оf thе bее соlоnу іѕ mаdе uр оf fеmаlе bееѕ knоwn аѕ wоrkеr bееѕ.

– Іt іѕ еѕtіmаtеd thаt 1100 hоnеу bее ѕtіngѕ аrе rеquіrеd tо bе fаtаl.

– Маlе bееѕ аrе саllеd “Drоnеѕ” аnd thеу dо nоt hаvе ѕtіngеrѕ, thеіr оnlу рurроѕе іѕ tо mаtе wіth thе quееn bее.

– Ноnеу bееѕ nеvеr ѕlеер, аnd thеу соmmunісаtе wіth еасh оthеr bу dаnсіng аnd bу uѕіng рhеrоmоnеѕ.

Click here to read all of the interesting facts!