TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) – The spring weather has many ready to start gardening, but last month’s storm gave the ground increased moisture.
Jim Hoteling of Hillside Garden Landscaping says the severe winter storm that hit the Southern Tier last month made a significant impact on the land.
“Moisture in the ground from all of that snow melting seeping through and a lot of times you just can’t plant until the ground dries up,” Hoteling said. “We can actually be doing things within the next week easily if we don’t get too much rain.”
He said to hold off on planting frost-tender plants including eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers. But there are some plants that will do fine right now.
“There are a lot of plants like onions, lettuce, and radishes, and things like that,” Hoteling said.
Agway in Binghamton has already started to see people pick up their seeds to get a jump-start on the season.
“Right now we are in the process of selling a lot of seeds, soils, seed starting kits,” Sales Representative Joan Pasquale explained.
Pasquale said transferring your plants is also a great way to start the planting season off right.
“You can put them out on a patio for a while and then bring them in at night until they get acclimated to the temperature outside,” she added.