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Planting Crops In Cold Temps Could Cost You

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When the weather gets cold, planter James McCombs is picky about what he plants.

"Cabbage, broccoli, onion," lists McCombs. "The cold weather doesn't bother them."

McCombs is speaking from experience. He knows planting too early can kill crops and cost money.

Like most planters, McCombs starts his gardening around Good Friday. But this year gardening experts are warning you to hold off, at least until mid-April.

"Because Easter is really early this year, any time it happens in March, it always messes up people," said Tony Hollifield with Piedmont Farm & Garden Supply.

Hollified says if you already have plants in the ground you need to protect them now—especially if you don't want your money and hard work to go to waste. He says use season extenders or light-material coverings.

"It lets the light through. It breathes," said Hollifield. "It's not like plastic. You don't want to use polyethylene because it can't breathe."

Hollifield also suggests taking a milk jug or a plastic covering, placing it over the plant and anchoring it down. The covering protects the plant from wind and frost. And it protects your investment.

"It doesn't take but one time and the leaf will become real bleached out looking. And that plant will almost suffer the entire year," said Hollifield.

Hollifield also tells 7 On Your Side if you want to start early, pot your plants indoors and set them outside when it's not too windy.

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