Long winter delays spring gardening


Long winter delays spring gardening

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Cold, wet weather and early spring snow have gardeners like Laurie Gano chomping at the bit to start their spring horticulture.

Gano laughed, "It's very frustrating."

Gano has been gardening for over 30 years, and she knows how cold weather can delay getting into the dirt. She told us, "I'd like to be cleaning out my flower beds and getting ready to plant my vegetables and it's too wet and it's too cold."

Jerry Cashman owns Cashman Nursery and Landscaping. He tells NBC Montana the long winter has delayed his nursery by almost 2 weeks. But with the recent break in winter weather, Cashman's crews have finally been able to begin potting trees and removing the protective covers from plants.

Cashman tells us the late spring is bringing in less walk-in business than he would normally see this time of the year.

"There's not happening much yet," said Cashman. "They can't get in the ground, they can't get in the garden and prepare the soil."

But we're told there are also advantages for gardeners that come along with a later start to the spring season.

Cashman explained, "When we have the early springs and plants start early and then you get a severe killing frost late, that's when plant damage happens."

This isn't the first year Cashman has seen a late start to spring, and he isn't worried about his nursery. But he is hoping weather soon permits him and gardeners like Gano to dig in.

Cashman said, "We hope that by next week, with improvements to the weather, that we will be able to get outside and start doing some landscaping."

Gano added, "I think once it quits being winter we'll have a pretty good season."

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