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GARDENING GUSTO: Experts urge green-thumbs to wait

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Many Minnesotans who were frustrated by the long winter are rushing to get out into the sun and get some green plants back in the ground, but experts say they should probably slow down.

So far, this week has had all the welcoming trappings of spring, but green-thumbs say that doesn't mean it's time to jump back into the garden just yet.

At Bachman's in Minneapolis, customers are already loading up on their favorite foliage before getting their hands dirty. Although the general rule of thumb is to put off planting until Mother's Day, this year, gardeners may want to give it a little more time.

"Typically, once we get past mid-May, we are in the clear," said Susie Bachman. "Anything can happen. You never know."

With frost predicted in the weekend forecast, Bachman says it's better to be safe than sorry. Some plants, like pansies and violas, can tolerate the cold, but tropical plants and newly-planted seedlings could suffer if they are not brought inside or covered.

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