Spring Planting Season has Started

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EATON RAPIDS (WILX)-- Gardeners are more than ready to start planting after being held up by all the rain.

"We are planting a raised bed garden for the first time and we are excited," said Eleanor Lacasse, a gardner who is getting her husband to help this year.

Last years season got off to an early start, but this year it's about a week behind. Garden centers are still looking a little bare are they are stocking up this weekend. Right for sale are mostly flowers and plants that will be able to survive a couple more cold nights if we have them. Experts say the more delicate flowers and vegetables should be planted later on in the season.

"We don't bring in flowers that can't take the frost. Petunia's, impatience, we will bring them in Monday but you have to listen to your weatherman," said owner of the Flower Garden in Eaton Rapids, Kirk Hunt.

A late frost can be devastating to any garden so make sure to keep an eye on nightly temperatures.

"If you're not willing to cover plants than maybe you should wait a couple weeks. Plant more around May 20th," said Hunt.

You should be okay with planting pansies, viola's, and geraniums this weekend. Tree's are also a good idea to plant right now. As they are budding it's the perfect time to get them in the ground.

There are dozens of great things you can do to enjoy the sun this weekend, from yard sales to the Susan G. Komen race for the cure. To start your planning click on the "calendar" button on our main page.

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