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Cold temperatures put gardens at risk

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

Cold temperatures are expected to move south, resulting in a freeze watch for most of the commonwealth.

With spring in the air, many people are tending to their gardens but experts warn the cold temperatures may put their plants at risk.
"It's going to be damaging to the fruit trees, they need to be covered," explains garden specialist Robin Williams, "any of your garden vegetables that you have in the ground that are already up, especially tomatoes, need to be covered."

The freeze warning did not stop those with a green thumb from stocking up on new items though. "I bought some tomato plants and some flowers and just a few odds and ends to put in my flower garden," explains Richard Mack. "I just love to see things grow, that must be the country boy in me. I just have to plant something, so regardless of the weather I take the risk."

Like many avid gardeners, Mack says he plans to bring his plants inside for the next few days to avoid any kind of damage. "I plant as early as I can and most of the time I have to dig it up and start all over again. That is what you learn to deal with when living in Kentucky. The weather changes every minute so you just have to learn to adjust."

"Something people need to remember is do not put plastic on the plants," explains Williams, "it does a whole lot more damage then good, it will freeze the plant instantly. You can use an old sheet, old comforter, blanket, something like that just do not use plastic."

Temperatures are expected to dip into freezing levels for the new three nights.

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