Many Minnesotans Anxious for Gardening Season to Begin

April 13, 2018 04:58 PM

The wintry weather is putting many springtime activities on hold, including spending time outdoors in the garden.

But not all Minnesotans are letting the cold temperatures get in the way.

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"We want to plan our garden and then, oh! Another snowstorm, awesome," Holly Sonn said.

Sonn and her family just moved into a new home in Cottage Grove and visited Gertens in Inver Grove Heights on Friday, despite a snowy forecast. 

"The anticipation of being able to plant stuff is real," Sonn said. 

Sadly, gardens in Minnesota don't have a lot of life as snow, rain, and cold temperatures are dominating the season.

"We just wanted to see the flowers again; there's nothing blooming yet, and you don't see any buds on any trees yet," Sonn said. 

At Gertens, spring has definitely sprung.

"In the lawn and garden department, it's a little slow right now," Randy Brott, and employee at Gertens said. 

Brott says the weather is impacting the entire industry in Minnesota.

"It's kind of love-hate with our weather here in Minnesota," Brott said. 

Many might be waiting for warmer temps to start a garden, but experts say those can start indoor preparations with a variety of seeding options right now. 

"It's a great way to plan your garden," Brott said. 

Gertens is seeing a boom in sales for starting seeds indoors.

"If you start 8-12 weeks ahead of time, they'll be ready to plant hopefully when the temperature is right outside," he added. 

"We're going to have a vegetable garden, so we got stuff to start doing that. From seeds inside the house, getting stuff ready to do that and have our tomatoes and carrots, and that's stuff our kids like to do so it's fun to involve them with it," Sonn said. 

As for the lawn, Brott stresses to not worry  because there's not a lot people can do right now.

"Once the snow goes away, evaluate it. You want to stay off of it until it really dries out," Brott said.  

Soon it will be just as colorful outside as it is inside at Gertens. But until then, Sonn says it's just fun to get a sneak peek.

"It's nice to remember that spring is coming," Sonn said. 
 

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Brett Hoffland

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