Spring is here, but planting season yet to arrive

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by BREANNY ROY

KREM.com

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 12:04 PM

SPOKANE – The arrival of spring may make Spokane gardeners even more anxious to get their plants in the ground, but expert growers say it’s still too soon start planting.

Mel’s Nursery already has a variety of bright flowers blooming, but they’re all housed safely in a greenhouse. The growers planted seeds back in January. Mel’s greenhouse assistant manager Carla Swennungsen said gardeners need to hold out for consistent warm temperatures in the forecast, and beware for wet weather.

“Last year it was extremely rainy and I had people who planted way too early because they thought they could and they had to come back and get more plants because they were getting soggy and the roots were dying,” she said.

Swennungsen said some people wait for the snow to melt on Mount Spokane and others try to plant on Mothers’ Day weekend. She said the best way to know it’s the right time is a pattern of warm weather with temperatures in the upper 40’s that don’t dip below freezing at night.

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