People Prepare for First Frost

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

October 26, 2005

This week was the first time our state has been under a frost advisory. With the temperatures set to plummet into the mid 30s Wednesday night and the next several nights, people around the area are gearing up for the season's first frost.

At the PACEM shelter on Park Street, people are gearing up for the cold weather.

"In the beginning it may have been 15 to 20 guys. I think last night it increased to about 35 and we are probably expecting more as the weather gets colder outside," said PACEM staff member Tonya White.

The shelter serviced nearly 130 people last year and hopes to help out as the need continues.

"Forty guys is what we can accommodate. They will probably make provisions if the numbers increase. We will try to provide shelter for anyone that comes in," White said.

For those with the green thumb, the first frost means plant life is dying off. But if you want to hold on for a few more days, here are some good tips.

"If you want to keep them going for a few more days, you can cover them up with a blanket or a sheet. That is much better than doing it with plastic because the cold can actually transmit through the plastic," said Norm Carlson of Snow's Garden Center.

Surprisingly enough, not all plants hate the cold. Norm says pansies and kale thrive in these conditions.

"This is a great time to plant just about anything other than summer annuals and vegetables. Trees, shrubs, all of those kinds of things love being planted right now," he said.

He added that this is not necessarily an early time for the first cold or the first frost. He did say however if you do have some outdoor plants that can be moved inside, you should go ahead and do that in hopes that they'll survive.

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