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Where is spring hiding?

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Hunting for spring is like finding the end of an April rainbow.  Starting tonight (28-29 of March), the average low finally creeps above freezing but that doesn't mean we're done with cold and wind.

Spring's start got tripped up but there are signs of change.  Hearty plants such as crocuses started blooming but it's too soon to know about permanent damage to fruit trees.  You can plant peas and cabbage but Theresa Hoen of Hoen's Garden Center and landscaping says keep your itching green thumb at bay.

"That's a concern for us that we try to encourage the customer when we get that first break of warmer temperatures, people are like ready to go," Hoen said.  "But they still gotta be wary, frost date being May 15th to not get out there too soon and plant."

Spring's arrival doesn't mean an end to snow.  We stop averaging light, daily snow by mid-April but Toledo has seen measurable flakes in May.  There was even a trace of snow in June of 1995.  It's a different story at Hoen's.

"It feels like spring in here and we have a lot of customers coming in because they want to smell spring as well as experience the warmth."

That springy-feel is better than premature planting.  Even after the first big warm-up, late freezes always pop up.  Those cold snaps don't just impact the plants.

"Because we do grow, and the temperature within the greenhouse, we have to keep it at a certain temp so, that being said, it's affected our production costs.  It's brought it a lot higher with heating and such this season."

Toledo's average low finally climbs to 50° by May 20th, so soon you and your plants will be ready.

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