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Late season cold snap has gardeners on the defensive


LATHAM, N.Y. – While the late season cold wave has many capital region residents digging up their winter clothing, it also has gardeners scrambling to protect their young plants.

"A lot of people were eager to get tomatoes peppers in the ground," said Kennoth Carnes of George's Market Nursery.

Crops like peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers all have the potential of freezing and their growth could be compromised if they are left out for the night unprotected.

Carnes recommends shielding the vegetable plants with any type of fabric material, but he says to avoid plastic. 

"We've always said wait until Memorial Day to plant," said Carnes. "We're pushing the envelope to try to do it before that."

He was busy Monday transporting their annual plants inside to protect them from them from the frost.

"Anything below 40 degree temps, we take precautions, put them back in the green house," said Carnes.

If you have hydrangeas or any flowering bushes, cover them up or bring them indoors.

Laura Scoones says she wasn't taking any chances this season.

"We still could get frost till the end of the month," said Scoones.

She says she learned her lesson the hard way from seasons past, she'll be planting her herbs at the end of the month.

"You have to go out and replace everything, things are expensive as it is," said Scoones. "First you'd lose all the flowers that are tender on the plant now."

But there are some plants that can withstand the temperature drop like the tulips seen all over town and in Washington Park. Growers say the hearty bulbs will be fine since they were planted last fall.


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