Getting ready for spring planting in Grand ForksEast Grand Forks, Minn. (WDAZ TV) - After a long, white winter, one East Grand Forks man isn't wasting any time when it comes to putting a little color in his yard, shopping around town for flowers and trees to spruce up his home.
By: Lezlie Johnson, WDAZ
For Mike Kujawa walking into places like All Seasons Garden Center is a welcome change.
"We're chomping at the bit. We've got these things planned that we've been talking about doing all winter and spring is dragging it's feet ya know." Kujawa said.
Kujawa wanted to start some outdoor projects this weekend, but with these cooler temperatures, a shopping trip to find the trees and flowers he'll eventually put in his yard.
"Every year we do the same thing and we're usually done by now, you know this is late. Then to wake up with all this snow on the ground is kind of tough." Kujawa said.
May 25th is the last average frost date for this area, but there still are some flowers you can plant outside.
"You can put pansies out now, pansies and violas can be planted outside now easily." All Seasons Garden Center Co-Owner Georgia Heitmann said.
"Your cabbages are cold crops as far as vegetables. Your potatoes can go in, your onions can go in." Tim Shea's Nursery Co-Owner Darlene Shea said.
"Gardeners say the snow isn't the issue with those little flowers you plant, but the wind and colder nighttime temperatures can cause some problems."
"You can cover them with cardboard boxes or some type of clothe or type of pail. You know whatever you have just shelter those tender plants and blooms." Shea said.
Some good advice for people like Kujawa, who want a little color back in their yards.
"We've been out here in the summer or the spring when it's nice and warm and hot and it's just so much fun. There's an atmosphere out there and it's just not there today." Kujawa said.
Gardeners say although it's still too early for some flowers, trees and bushes can be planted outside.