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Farmers Prepare For Frost

By Meghan Pinkley
By mpinkley@wbbjtv.com

Local farmers and gardeners tried to prepare for Monday night's expected frost.

Anderson Farms in Lexington took a big risk about a month ago, which planted its crops early, and took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather we had.

"We covered up 2,800 plants and I thought that may be all of it, but now, here we are today again, 2,500 more, so I'm looking at 5,000 plants in the ground," said Anderson.

He said since planting his cantaloupe at the end of March, he had to cover the fruit twice, and for the third time, Monday afternoon.

"The bottom line, you just don't mess with mother nature," said Anderson.

According to farmers, it can be a lot of work to protect crops from frost. Anderson admitted it could take more than four hours, with three to seven people, and lots of buckets to cover his 5,000 plants.

Even with the warm March, and chilly April; Anderson expected his crops to survive. He said the thousands of dollars he would lose on what he has invested in those plants could break him, from just one frost.

"It burns the leaf if it's too much frost," added Anderson.

One gardener said he had already lost six of his vegetable plants this season, and was doing everything he could to prevent that from happening again.

"Anything we can get our hands on to cover these plants to keep them from dying on us when it frost," said gardener Donald Moody.
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