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    Garden Guy shares frost preparation advice

    Monday, March 18 2013 7:30 PM EDT2013-03-18 23:30:07 GMT
    The autumn chill is in the air, and the first frost will come soon. Garden Guy Dale K shared some tips on when to cover sensitive plants and how to prepare your garden for the cold.
    The autumn chill is in the air, and the first frost will come soon. Garden Guy Dale K shared some tips on when to cover sensitive plants and how to prepare your garden for the cold.

Every year it seems there's a scramble to remember where those fall jackets and sweaters are stowed, and many Minnesotans will certainly need them as temperatures dip down on Monday night.

The first hint of fall meant only one thing to the Darkenwald family -- it was time to pick out this year's pumpkins.

With two small pumpkins for the cats and two bigger ones for carving with the kids, it certainly feels like Halloween is approaching now that the thermometer is set to fall into the 40s in the metro.

"I like sweater weather," Ashley Darkenwald told FOX 9 News. "Pumpkins, leaves, fall walking -- everything."

That everything even includes scrambling to get 4-year-old Kane dressed and out the door on a chilly morning.

"We had to find sweaters, long-sleeves," she said.

It will be crisp as kids wait at their bus stops on Tuesday morning, but it will be downright frigid father to the north. The National Weather Service has issued freeze warnings and frost advisories for large portions of the state.

The forecast is prompting Ford Boone, of Otsego, to take precautions with his plants. After harvesting all they could out of the garden, he covered the family tomatoes.

While no one is surprised that the cold is on is way, the sudden shift in temperatures has many shaking their heads. The 80-degree weekend that just passed likely won't be seen again until May.

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