2:42pm

Fri April 6, 2012
Health and Welfare

Freeze Possibly On Tap

A freeze warning is in effect for much of thebluegrass region.  The biggest threat of frost is projected between one a.m. and nine a.m. Saturday.  With chilly temperatures comes the risk of damage to all kinds of flowering plants.  Madison county extension agent in horticulture, Amanda Sears says strawberries are particularly vulnerable.

“I think our main concern is gonna be our fruit because it has started to bloom, primarily strawberries..I know I have strawberries at my own home..I’m gonna go ahead and cover those tonight or I did last night as well with a sheet,” said Sears.

Sears says such sheets don’t need to come off at dawn, but they should be removed by mid- morning.  The county extension agent says sensitive flowers like marigolds and petunias are at a bigger risk of damage than most perennials.

Still, a much warmer than usual winter and early spring could actually work to the benefit of certain sensitive plants.  Sears says some plants have already lost their flowers.

“I think we’re definitely early on a lot of our blooming plants..the good thing is a lot of them are past bloom now and bloom is kind of a phase where they are very vulnerable,” added Sears.

Sears says vegetables like potatoes, peas, kale, and lettuce can fare well in chilly temperatures.