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Gardening Shops Benefit From Early Planting Season

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The Rail City Garden Center in Sparks is seeing some strong business...already.

"As soon as the sun came out so did the customers," says Pawl Hollis who owns the place. "In fact we moved up our planting calendar up about three weeks earlier than last year because of the warmer weather."

Hollis says that he has the same lists every year on what can be planted early and what needs to wait until later in the season.

"If you are planting artichokes, onions, peas and spinach, those are all hearty and can take the frost if we get some," Hollis says. "And those should be going in the ground about now. In March you put in the lettuce, cauliflower, and carrots. And you save the really tender veggies for mid-May. Cantaloupe, peppers and tomatoes you have to wait on."

And he says hearty flowers like pansies and snap dragons can go into the gardens now too.

"I actually moved the calendar up about three weeks from last year's planting schedule because of the early spring here," he says.

His other big tips are to amend the soil with compost and begin watering right away.

Written by Erin Breen 

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