Getting your garden ready

Updated: 05/08/2014 5:57 PM
Created: 05/08/2014 5:30 PM WHEC.com
By: Josh Nichols

Mother’s Day is Sunday. For many, that means getting the garden ready to go for spring. The question now is whether or not those plants going in are safe from frost.

Planning, purchasing and planting are three things that every gardener follows. Mother’s Day on Sunday means for many moms and their families getting into the garden to prepare for some spring splendor. But besides a green thumb, it is the weather that makes all the difference as to whether or not your garden grows or goes bust.

News10NBC found a lot of customers at Van Putte Gardens in Greece Thursday making their spring selections. Traditionally, Mother's Day is a benchmark date for gardeners as it is after this date that the last frost normally occurs. It means many of the plants that are sensitive to frost can go in the garden safely. 

Experts at Van Putte Gardens say some plants are just hardier than others and some areas around Rochester are safer than others right now for planting.

Michael Griffin, Van Putte Gardens General Manager, said, “The fact is that some of your earlier varieties of plants can be put in, your pansies, your petunias, your cold weather vegetables.  But some of your other plants like your New Guinea Impatiens and some other plants that don't take well to cold; we suggest you wait a week to two weeks.”

The News10NBC Weather Center says the weather pattern to come for the next week to ten days is mild, but at times, wet. This means that some of the plants that are here now can go into your garden safely without the threat of them being hurt by frost. 

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