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Protect your garden from the cold

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Did the warm weather of February tempt you to plant your garden? If so, those flowers or veggies are in trouble the next few nights as temperatures drop. 

Frozen Plants

"There's a good reason they call it Mother Nature because she is going to do what she wants to do."

At Laura Kay's Nursery, Mother Nature is creating a lot of work for Ernie Wilkerson. He's taking no chances.

"I think what we're going to do is put the greenhouse back together and move everybody in the greenhouse," Wilkerson told us.

Cold temperatures and the possibility for frost are in the forecast for the next three mornings. That's bad news for any freshly planted garden.

If you planted something really pretty, they're pretty because they were grown in a greenhouse and kept warm. If you leave them without protection the next few nights you're going to lose them, but Wilkerson has an easy trick to save them.

Pro Tips

"You can take a pot and cover the plant up make sure it's down in the dirt though so the wind don't blow it off. That'll help overnight if we get a frost," Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson also told us if you use clear plastic to cover your plants, be careful.

"You want to uncover it in the daytime and uncover it in the evening because the sun intensity it will cook through the plastic."

And the last tip is to water heavily, gusty winds add another stress to your plants.

"If the wind keeps blowing it's going to dehydrate everything. With the good rain we got I've already got things drying out," Wilkerson said.

Don't let that hard work and money go to waste. 

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