Spring weather brings spring planting to Reno

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Updated: 3/20/2014 5:52 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- It's the first day of spring and the temperatures are reflecting the start of the season. Many Nevadans are ready to start work on their lawn and garden.

They say you really cannot plant in the spring until the snow disappears on top of Peavine Mountain, but there are so many people who can't wait for that, especially when the weather is so nice.

"Right now, the weather's been warm people want to get out there and work in the yard," said Steve Packer, the Plant Doctor. "So the spring fever's hit and we have the cure."

Steve Packer is known as the Plant Doctor. He says business at Moana Nursery is picking up, and even though plant-killing freezing temperatures can happen, you can still plant this time of year. "They can put in a lot of cool seasonal vegetables, like peas, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, and things like that."

That's what volunteer gardeners were doing at the Great Basin Co-op on Thursday.

"This is a demonstration garden that I designed," said Landscape Artist Jana Vanderhaar. "Every Thursday, we have volunteers that come in and maintain the garden."

Most of these gardeners come here to learn, but in addition to planting, seeding and harvesting, there is eating. Sylinda Ann Rowe already knows what she is having for dinner. "Probably a stir fry. Yeah that smells really good! Yeah, they look ready."

In addition to planting vegetables, Packer says there are other options. "They can also plant flowers even pansies and primrose cause they can take the cold weather."

You can also fertilize this time of year, and because of the drought, you should also be hand-watering your trees.

So, if you are one of those who loves to get out in the garden, the weather is forecast for highs in the 60's over the next several days. So, it really should be nice weather for you to do it.
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