Spring may be here, but planting season isn't

By Amanda Porterfield | aporterfield@wcia.com

Published 04/11 2014 10:34AM

Updated 04/14 2014 12:16PM

Update: 10:11 pm, 4/13/14, Sunday
CHAMPAIGN -- Many people spent the warmer days of last week getting as much planting in as possible, but a frost in the forecast is taking a bit of spring out of our step. WCIA-3's photojournalist Sue Foster shares some fresh tips Through her Local Lens.

Sandy Mason says right now is a good time to do clean up; get rid of leaves and weeds, and do some seeding and composting. UI Extension also has free booklets offering month-by-month advice.
Original: 10:15 pm, 4/10/14, Thursday
ILLINOIS -- The long winter is giving many an impatient green thumb. But, with another frost headed this way, experts say to hold off. Sandy Mason, with UI Extension, says a lot of plants are two-to-three weeks behind schedule.

People should wait to plan tomatoes, sweet potatoes, eggplant and peppers. Flowers are also a "no." Don't put impatiens, herbs, geraniums or begonias in the ground yet. Mother's Day is usually a safe date to wait until, but with it being another month away, plant now at your own risk.

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