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Spring gardeners encourage to begin preparing now

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This freezing cold winter could create some complications for spring gardeners. Spring is approaching, but before it gets here gardeners should get ready.

Tim Sime, Jolly Lane Greenhouse in Rapid City, says that this cold winter has made the ground harder and left the soil requiring more preparation for the 2014 gardening season.

He suggests that gardeners clean up their yards and prepare their soil.   "As we move forward, depending on what the soil does for us and the ground thaws, preparing the soil in your garden bed amending it, whether that be with compost or materials to improve the soil condition is something to do as soon as possible," said Sime.

Tori Madsen says she is ready to begin gardening and she says she hopes to see good weather soon. "Maybe in late spring maybe or maybe summer because sometimes its good weather here but out where we live, its bad sometimes, sometimes its good," said Madsen.

Sime says that some plants like potatoes and onions can be planted in colder weather in mid-April and warm weather plants usually can be planted in late May.

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