FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - It's getting closer to the time of year where one would start a garden, but is right now the best time?
Officials at the Botanical Conservatory say that it can be, but you have to be careful with what you plant.
Some stronger species of flowers and crops can handle being planted at this time of year and can withstand nightly frosts.
Most plants need to be planted closer to or after the last frost of the year to survive.
Gardeners will also want to check on any shrubs or perennials that were planted last fall.
With the constant freezing and thawing of the ground, the plants can be pushed up in what is known as "frost heave."
The best way to save these plants and their root systems is to either push them gently back into the ground or thaw out some compost or mulch to cover the plant back up.
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