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Potential Frost Poses A Threat To Home Gardens

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLSN) - Mid-Michigan is expecting to see a dip in temperatures over the weekend, so what does that mean for gardners and their plants and flowers?

At MSU's Beal Botannical Gardens, they've planted some things, but are waiting on others until the threat of cold weather passes.

"If you've made your mistake and planted your tomatoes, peppers, or some of your beans have started to germinate, these kinds of plants are going to be most sensitive to the colder weather," said Frank Telewski, an MSU professor of plant biology.

So what does Garden Curator Telewski say you can use to help those plants stay a little bit warmer? "Most people have newspaper. Newspaper is a very good insulator. Styrofoam or paper cups.

"Basically, anything you have that's a good insulator that you can cover the plant with will be sufficient."

After a rough spring for farmers and gardeners last year, he hopes everything has a chance to grow this time around.

"If the temperature drops below 29, we could lose a lot of our fruit again and that would be devastating."

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