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What Florists and Gardeners in Rhode Island Need to Know About the Spring Season

2023-03-19  Maliyah Mah

Gardeners in Rhode Island who are looking forward to growing their own fruits and veggies this spring will need to hold off on planting until the appropriate time. Even though the state is quite temperate and does not have a significant amount of weather that is considered to be extreme, there are still things to take into consideration along the journey. Today, we will go over the average temperatures, some potential problems to keep in mind, and some helpful hints to ensure that your garden thrives in the year 2023.

Characteristics that are typical of Rhode Island's weather

Climate Conditions

Rhode Island has a climate that is classified as temperate continental and is characterised by mild winters and warm summers. The winters are bearable in terms of temperature. On the other hand, the summers tend to be quite humid and hot. The proximity of Rhode Island to the coast plays a significant role in shaping the state's climate. Due to the area's topography, it is possible for there to be intense hurricanes, westerly winds, blizzards, and storms during the winter season each and every year.

Outside of winter, snow is rarely a factor that needs to be considered as a risk. In light of the aforementioned, the earliest snowfall that has ever been documented in Rhode Island took place in Providence on October 19, 1972. On December 29, 2015, Providence received its most recent and most recent snowfall for the season.

Rhode Island in Spring

The horticulturists of Rhode Island will be happy to hear that the spring season is normally on the mild side. The weather during this time of year is typically cloudy and wet, with temperatures ranging from 55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit on average. It is important to keep in mind that the weather might be very different depending on where you live. Those who live in the southern portion of the state should anticipate higher temperatures and more precipitation in the coming days.

The amount of precipitation received each year is the single most important factor for gardeners in Rhode Island. The following is a rundown of things to anticipate during the months of spring:

  • There will be seven days with precipitation in March, and the month will get an average of 4.4 inches of rain.
  • There is a possibility that April may have 8 days with precipitation and 3.9 inches of rain in total.
  • Rainfall in the month of May normally occurs on 8 days, and total accumulation averages 3.4 inches.

Expectations for the Summer Months

Temperatures rise during the summer, yet they don't grow too oppressive to be uncomfortable. Temperatures ranging from 72 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit are typical during this time of year. The warmest temperature of the year often occurs in July. A significant amount of precipitation and the possibility of tropical storms are both possible over the summertime. The months of summer might sometimes look like this:

  • Rainfall in June might accumulate to a total of 3.6 inches over the course of 7 days.
  • There is a possibility that July may have eight rainy days, totaling approximately 3.4 inches.
  • There is a chance of seven rainy days in August, with total rainfall of approximately 4.1 inches.

Temperatures begin to fall with the arrival of autumn, and by the time November rolls around, they have often dropped to within 10 degrees Celsius of freezing point. September is the month with the fewest number of rainy days.

Concerns That May Arise During the Springtime

According to the figures, you might have to deal with more rain than gardeners in other states, but it won't become a problem unless you let it. In addition, as a result of the precipitation, you will be need to contend with a certain amount of humidity, which, at a level of approximately 73%, may be described as muggy. The months of June, July, August, and September, on average, have the highest levels of humidity. There won't be much of an impact on your gardening, but you might feel a little uneasy as a result. Consider April to be the best month for gardening because the humidity is easier to tolerate during that month.

After the Frost, Get Started

It is also strongly recommended that gardeners in Rhode Island hold off on planting their gardens until after the final frost of the year has passed. As the temperature drops below 73 degrees Celsius (or 23 degrees Fahrenheit), frost usually forms. When this occurs, water vapour in the air condenses off and falls to the ground, where it causes the formation of ice crystals on your garden. The water that is contained within the plant's cells freezes when exposed to the ice, causing the cells to burst and ultimately the plant to perish.

It is recommended that you consult the Farmer's Almanac in order to determine when the final frost of the year will occur in your region. This is due to the fact that both each year and each zip code is unique. On the other hand, you can anticipate the final frost to occur around April 27 across the majority of the state. Following that date, you should anticipate a more or less trouble-free journey.

Think About Starting the Seeds of These Plants Indoors

Plants Indoors

It is a good idea to start planting your plants indoors in a controlled setting because the weather in Rhode Island can be a little bit unpredictable. This will give you the best chance of success. You will be able to get them prepared and ready to go if you act in this manner. Finally, after the temperatures and conditions of spring have reached their optimal levels, you will be able to move the plants outside to your garden.

The following are some of the plants that, according to the Farmer's Almanac, do best during the springtime:


Basil needs a lot of sunlight (five to eight hours) in order to reach its full potential as a plant and be healthy. The soil in which the plant is grown should be rich and moist, and for optimal growth, the plant should be grown in raised beds.

Dill is another plant that does best when exposed to full sunlight. But, because it has such thick leaves, it needs to be protected from strong winds in order to prevent it from being blown over. Select a location for planting that has soil that is well-drained and is abundant in organic materials.

Parsley is a herb that is not only tasty in soups and salads but also grows quite well in Rhode Island. Plant your parsley indoors in individual containers six to eight weeks before the last date on which frost is expected to be predicted. It should also be planted in a location that receives at least six hours of sunlight per day for the maximum possible growth potential.

Sage – Sage is an excellent culinary herb and a hardy perennial that can be grown almost anywhere. It is best to plant it in an area that receives full sunlight and has soil that drains properly because, in general, it cannot take moist soil. Sage should be started as a small plant and seeds should be sown up to two weeks before the date of the last frost for the highest chance of success.


Arugula: The arugula plant thrives in nutrient-dense and well-drained soil, but it is hardy enough to endure growing in other environments as well. Planting it in a raised bed will provide it with a better chance of survival, but it will also thrive when grown in a more conventional garden bed.

Beets are an excellent crop for the cool season; however, beets almost always need to be grown in direct sunlight (at least 6 hours daily). First plantings of beets should be done in the early spring, and further plantings should be done every two to three weeks.

Bell Peppers The growth season for bell peppers is quite lengthy, typically lasting between 60 and 90 days. Choose a spot that gets a lot of sun and has soil that is damp but not soaking wet to cultivate your peppers. Plant the seeds inside eight to ten weeks before the last frost is expected to occur.

Gardeners in Rhode Island need to make sure that broccoli receives between 6 and 8 hours of sunlight per day, just like they do for the other local veggies. It is a crop that thrives during the cool seasons, and the best time to produce it is early to middle spring. After the danger of frost has passed, the planting can either take place indoors or outside.

Green Beans: If you decide to plant this vegetable, you should have a good amount of success with it regardless of whether you choose to produce bush or pole beans. In general, bush beans take less upkeep than pole beans, but pole beans may yield more beans for a longer period of time. Before planting pole beans, place the seedlings in soil that drains well and construct supports for the plants using the method of your choice.

Kale Since there is a chance that the temperatures will drop on occasion, you might want to grow some kale, which is a robust vegetable that can survive in chilly conditions. The fact that kale thrives in its own separate pots makes it an excellent choice for starting seeds inside.

Peas are another another type of vegetable that thrives in environments with low temperatures. They can be grown during the fall, winter, and beginning of the spring. They do exceptionally well when grown in a vertical garden as well.

Suggestions For Rhode Island Gardeners

Because to the fact that there is a potential of precipitation during the spring season, gardeners in Rhode Island can offer their veggies the greatest possible chance of success by following these guidelines:

It Is Vital to Provide Adequate Drainage - Your plants have a requirement for water, but you don't want them to get too much of it. To ensure even distribution of water, you might want to think about using a vertical planting method or growing on raised beds. 

Be Aware of Water Damage Although you have no control over the weather, you can make sure that your garden stays healthy by preventing water damage. Examine the state of the plants after it has rained. If the weight of the rain has caused the plant to lean over, you should try to straighten it out with some stakes so that it can continue to grow. If the stem has broken, then the plant will most likely not recover from its injury.

Avoid Walking on Soil That Is Wet You should make every effort to avoid walking on the soil around your plants if it is saturated with water. This might cause the soil to get compacted, which in turn would injure the plant roots.


When it comes to planting fruits and vegetables this spring in Rhode Island gardens, these are the most important aspects that gardeners in the Ocean State need to keep in mind. Make use of the materials that have been provided in order to have a healthy harvest of vivid vegetables and flavorful herbs in 2023, which you and your family are sure to appreciate.

2023-03-19  Maliyah Mah