Higher temperatures may deceive gardeners

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The sun is out and temperatures are up, but don't be deceived. Plant early and you'll plant often is an old saying that contains more than a kernel of caution for avid gardeners. Timing is everything.

Start too soon and you'll lose your crop to lingering spring frosts. Too late and you'll gamble with winterkill before you can harvest. So when is the right time to put plants in the ground?

Matt Stueck with Suburban Lawn & Garden says hardier plants can go in the ground now, but May is the best time to plant.

"It's warm now, but we got snow in May of last year, so now is a little too soon," Stueck said.

Stueck says Pansies, Flowering Cabbage and Shrubs can survive freezing temperatures.

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