Despite the Long Winter, Growers Prepare for Spring Planting - WBAY

Despite the Long Winter, Growers Prepare for Spring Planting

Ashwaubenon -

The 2014 WBAY Home and Garden show at Brown County Arena and Shopko Hall kicked off Thursday. 

The expo featuring more than 80,000 square feet of exhibit space runs from 4-8 p.m. Thursday night.

You can get in free today only with a donation of three non-perishable food items to the
Salvation Army.

Doors open again at noon tomorrow and the event goes all weekend. A dollar off admission coupon is available on

Though, the ground isn't ready for the start of planting and landscaping, but Fran Vartanian with Earth Development in Green Bay says growers should have an idea of what they want to do this year.

"You want to have a plan, you want to know where you're going this year with your garden, what are you going to be putting in, are you changing things...are you going to make over your front yard?," Fran Vartanian, Earth Development landscape designer, said.

Typically,landscapers can start outdoor projects as early as March.

But, with the deep freeze this year- they may not be able to start until next month.

"Patios, walls, water features, those can be started pretty much once the snow melts and we can get a little frost out," Daniel Morrow, JM Landscaping general manager, said.

While outside work is limited, you can start seeding plants and flowers inside.

"If you like growing your own tomato plants, some of your own annuals, things of that nature or if you tried to save your geraniums from last year and have them in storage in the basement, now is the time to bring them out and get them into a cool, but sunny place," Tom Jensen, Vande Hey Company, INC. horticulturist, said.

Experts also say you should prepare for the possible flooding in your garden if temperatures warm-up too quickly.

"We could also have some flooding this spring, if the frost comes out of the ground too fast. So, you're going to have to keep an eye on your plants and try not to let water stand in beds," Vartanian, said.

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