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Local farmer says it’s still too early to plant your garden

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ROCHESTER (WROC) – With the first signs of spring on Sunday, many people may have been ready to start planting their gardens. But one of the owners at Wickham Farms said the cold days may not be behind us just yet.

“That’s really the risk with home gardeners or folks who want to get that hanging basket out, you get a few of these warm days and it’s like ‘oh the risk is gone.’ It’s not gone yet,” said owner Bill Wickham.

Bill said it’s a rogue cold night in April or May after the crops have already started growing that can mess up the process.

“A few years ago we had peppers out and then we had a hard frost it’s like 27-28 degrees, it froze off almost all of our peppers. At that point it’s almost like starting over,” he said.

At Wickham Farms, they’re in no hurry. The cold weather takes care of pests.

“Heat and moisture equals pests so I’m good if we skate along although I love the 70 degree days and it feels good out here today, let it take its time- it’s still early April.”

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