October 13, 2006
The freeze warning means winter is right around the corner. If you're not quite ready to give up your flowers and vegetables just yet, Norm Carlson from Snow's Garden said covering the plants may help in the short term, but in the end you're just delaying the inevitable.
"Even if you do cover them you might get another week or two out of them and then they're going to be history, they won't make it through the winter no matter what you do," said Carlson.
Trees, shrubs and some flowers such as perennials and mums are the only greens that can handle the harsh winter temperatures, but that doesn't mean these are the only plants that will bloom during the winter.
"It's a very transitional time in the garden. There are a lot of things that are going to sleep and have done their thing for the year and then there are a lot of things that are really coming in their own now," said Carlson.
With these cooler temperatures, experts said now is the perfect time to get into gardening.
"All of the bulbs, daffodils, crocuses, tulips, hyacinths, all of those want to go in now," said Carlson.
You can plant bulbs in your flower bed up until January, as long as the ground isn't frozen. After the long cold winter you'll start to see the little bulbs pop up, making a colorful accent just in time for spring.
Once the frost hits Carlson recommends that you don't try to clean off the dead parts of the plant until the whole plant has died. He said if you cut them too soon you can effect their growth for next year.
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