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Early Springtime Planting
By Brad Douglas
JOPLIN, MO.--- Spring has sprung and many people are wanting to plant in their gardens, but is it too early? Rusty Boucher works at the Joplin Greenhouse. He says typically it's best to plant after the first of May to avoid the frost. However, if you're willing to cover them up overnight, you can plant now. Just make sure to have a blanket or tarp on hand to cover them up overnight in case the temperatures drop. Last year, the Four State area had a snow storm in May, so it can be difficult to predict what Mother Nature will bring.
"It is a gamble, it's all weather oriented. If we have that frost, you go to be willing to cover them up if you're going to plant them," said Rusty Boucher, Joplin Greenhouse.
Of course, the best advice is to watch your local weather authority's forecast on KSN to see how low the overnight temperatures are going to get before planting your crops.