Finding the right time to plant your garden

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - When the sun comes out and the temperatures get warmer those of you who like to garden are ready to get started.

But don't grab the shovel too quickly because it's not too late for Region 8 to see a cold snap. On average the last freeze for Jonesboro is March 29, which is a little more than a week away.

Todd Smith is the owner of Harmony Gardens in Jonesboro. He said it's ok to plant certain vegetables right now.

Smith said, "This is a great time of year to plant some of your quick growing cool season crops, such as broccoli, lettuce and cabbage. You can go ahead and plant those crops through about mid April."

If you go ahead and plant vegetables and we see another freeze there are some things that you can do to protect your plants.

Smith said, "Have a frost cloth of some type on hand so that if you know that freeze is coming through or a frost so to speak you just cover those plants up to protect the foliage."

We know that it's ok to plant the cool season crops, but what about your warm season vegetables, like tomatoes?

Smith said, "May is a great time for your warm season crops which would be tomato, okra, peppers, things such as that."

When planting your vegetables there are a few things you want to keep in mind.

Smith said, "I think the most important thing you really need to do is select a good site that has six to eight hours of sunlight a day. The more sunlight the better. Make sure that your soil is a good sandy loam that has good drainage."

For the warm season crops you'll also want to keep the weeds away.

Smith said, "You may want to make sure that you mulch in those beds. That'll keep the weeds down and also retain moisture just making sure that your plants are protected."

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