Time for planting as temperature warms

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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Flowers of different colors, shapes and sizes fill Adams Nursery every spring. Neal Adams with Adams Nursery said, "It's about time really.  You can plant all your spring and summer annuals.  Definitely need to get gardens started."

Adams said when the weather warms up people are ready to get outside and that includes Paula Fivecoat. Every year she looks forward to digging in the dirt and planting flowers.

Fivecoat said, "I've been doing it since I guess I was a child with my dad. I worked with him in the garden and the yard all my life."

She said gardening has always been fun because she enjoys being outdoors.

"That's what I love about the summer and spring is getting in the yard and getting dirty," said Fivecoat.

When coming to the greenhouse Fivecoat said it's all about finding that perfect plant.

"That's what you're looking for. A nice healthy plant with no yellow leaves," said Fivecoat.

Before you grab the shovel and put your plants in the ground Fivecoat has a tip for you.

Fivecoat said, "I imagine everybody does something different but I like to work up the dirt and get it all nice and loose before I ever put my plants in it."

Adams said you definitely need to know the type of soil that you are dealing with because you may need to add something to your soil to increase the moisture.

"You're going to want to amend your soil with some organic matter. That could be humus, peat moss, composted manure. Any of those things are great to work in and incorporate with your soil," said Adams.

When it comes to having a perfect plant or flower, Fivecoat said she uses Miracle Grow.

Fivecoat said, "Never get enough the first trip around. Always have to come back a second, third and fourth time, always. That's just the way gardening is."

Adams said the average last date for a frost for our area is April 10th. We don't have temperatures that are cold enough for frost over the next 7 days, but it's not unheard of to have cold snaps late in April. If that happens, just be ready to cover your plants.

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