SPRING BRINGS NEW PLANTS, BUT COULD FROST BE AN ISSUE?
TUSCALOOSA – With Spring getting under way, West Alabama’s gardening enthusiasts are getting back to their outdoor hobbies, but could the weekend bring frost?
WVUA 23’s Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott says there’s a small potential for frost across West Alabama, but the threat is higher in North Alabama.
Margaret Brown of Brown’s Nursery (335 Crescent Ridge Road NE) in Tuscaloosa says as long as you’re prepared, your plants should survive just fine.
“Even though the weather man is predicting a little frost, I think it’ll still be OK to go ahead and plant what you want to,” she says.
Some popular spring picks? Brown suggests now’s the time for petunias, snapdragons, hanging baskets and shrubs.
Vegetables like tomatoes, okra and peppers could be harmed if there’s a frost, but Brown says as long as you cover the plants before cooler weather hits, you’ll be fine.
“The frost is what hurts them, not the cold,” she says.
Items found around the house like plastic bags, newspapers, sheets or other lightweight materials work best with young plants, she says. And if you want to ensure there’s no more frost ahead when you plant? Brown suggests waiting until after Good Friday to plant.
One tip? Brown says it’s always safe to wait until after Good Friday, which is March 25 this year.