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Protecting plants from freezing temperatures

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A nursery in Anniston moved several of its plants indoors to protect them from the freezing temperatures overnight and into Wednesday morning. (abc3340.com) A nursery in Anniston moved several of its plants indoors to protect them from the freezing temperatures overnight and into Wednesday morning. (abc3340.com)
GADSDEN, Ala. -

The sub-freezing temperatures expected late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning will put flowers and vegetables at risk.

People who did some early planting during warm days may want to do a little rescue work in advance to protect their garden investment

The staff at Pack's Nursery and Garden Center in Gadsden was busy Tuesday afternoon, moving hundreds of plants into greenhouses.  Co-owner Chris Pack said it is something his workers are used to doing every year.

"This year is probably one of the latest freezes that we've had in quite a while.  A lot of new growth, and new growth is tender, and hard freeze is rough on new growth," Pack said.

Business picked up during sunny days in recent weeks, but those freshly planted gardens are in danger.  Gardeners with plants in pots should move them indoors.  If the plants are already in the ground, cover with sheets.

"Don't use plastic.  Plastic directly on a leaf burns," Pack said.

"Cloth is much better, but you would have weight it down somewhat, with some bricks or something, with the wind we're having."

He said those winds can be helpful in keeping frost away.  For plants that are too tall to cover with a bed sheet, Pack suggests using a bucket or nursery pot to provide some protection.

"A lot of people are growing vegetables in big containers, if there's any way to move them in the garage, do that.  That'll make a difference," he said.

Pack suggests waiting another week to put potted plants in the ground.

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