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Cover your flowers! There’s weekend snow on the way

Posted at 4:50 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:49:24-04

BILLINGS – The Billings area forecast calls for a snowy, below-freezing night Sunday. It’s important that you cover up any gardening that you’ve planted outside.

Tulips might not survive the cold if there’s any snow, so it might be a good weekend to harvest them and enjoy them indoors.

Mick Gainan says, “the frost cloth is pretty important on anything that’s tender so anything that people have grown indoors that they got antsy about planting outside…any of the vegetables and that sort of thing should be covered. But they should use a frost cloth or something that will breathe nicely.”

Gainan says, when you cover tender plants and in your garden, use a frost cloth or covering that can be slightly elevated above the plants. Use wooden stakes to leave enough overhead room for snow weight. Five-gallon buckets work nicely too.

And if you haven’t put those annuals in the garden yet, move them into the garage and not inside your home. Flowers and plants will do better this spring if they stay acclimated to the cooler temperatures in the protection of your garage.