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Hope for Utah's Gardeners after Freezing Weather Threatens Plants

Utah Public Radio Wednesday, May. 17, 2017


The storm that swept through Northern Utah Tuesday night had residents across the Wasatch Front scraping snow off their cars by the next morning -- and some of Northern Utah’s gardeners scraping snow and frost off their plants. ... This week’s weather may not be ideal conditions for growing warm-weather crops, but it may not spell doom for this season’s garden crop, said USU Extension Horticulturist JayDee Gunnell — particularly not for hardy cold-weather plants. ... The quick fix, he said, is coverage. Conscientious gardeners can tuck their crops in for the night with a frost blanket, cloth row cover or a simple sheet of plastic. Any of these options, Gunnell said, can add 3-5 degrees to the ambient air temperature — the difference between life and death for warm-season vegetables. ... Though gardening in Utah comes with the ups and downs of unexpected weather conditions, Gunnell said the USU Extension can help Utah’s gardeners navigate the storm — or storms. ... “Gardening is an adventure in Utah,“ he said. “I would definitely say get familiar with the local extension office. USU Extension has professionals that can help with any questions or concerns you have.”



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