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How to protect your plants from the unseasonable frost

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Saturday night, local garden centers are preparing for a frost warning. Uncommon for May, but not unheard of. If you followed your grandma's advice, your garden is going to be just fine. That is, because you, in your great wisdom, haven't planted it yet.

"The old adage was not to plant until after the 15th of May," said Richard Platt, owner of Platt's Inc.

If you already have a garden growing, you'll need to protect it the same way you would in the fall. Platt and his team are pulling fragile flowers inside, but many of the blossoms can weather the cold.

"Perennials are really hardy, a lot of the annuals are hardy," he said.

Your best bet, is to cover the plants. An old bed sheet will do the job -- Platt uses burlap. No great secret here, he just has a lot of it laying around. If your plants are potted or hanging, Platt recommends bringing them inside for the night. However, if you forget and end up leaving your flowers exposed, chances are they'll survive the evening.

"If it gets down to 25, you may lose them. At the least, it's going to cringe the leaves and stunt the growth for a little bit, but in most cases they'll come back out of it," said Platt.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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