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Protect your plants: Frost advisory covers parts of Quebec

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 9:17 AM - As we inch closer to the summer season, those eager to get into their garden may already have started planting. And who could blame them, especially after the resilient winter we've had.

Too soon?

A frost advisory was issued for parts of Quebec Tuesday morning, warning of potential damage to crops in "frost-prone" areas.


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"A ridge of high pressure will move into the southern part of the province tonight," said Environment Canada in the advisory. "Under clear skies and light winds, conditions will be favourable to the develop of ground frost locally."

These type of advisories are issued when temperatures are expected to reach the freezing mark during the growing season, "leading to potential damage and destruction to plants and crops," EC adds.

According to experts, the risk of frost/freeze damage depends on what you have planted.

Typical spring bulbs like tulips should be fine, but gardeners should hold off on planting veggies like tomatoes, beans and peppers.

Martha Gay Scroggins, coordinator at the Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming, offers these tips for frost-proofing your garden.

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"It may happen at very different times across the country but spring eventually returns," says gardening enthusiast and Weather Network broadcaster Suzanne Leonard. "Slowly at first, and then more quickly our gardens shed their grey winter look and spring forth with surges of green and splashes of colour. After a long winter the spring season brings real joy to all. But for gardeners, it’s an especially busy time of year. There’s so much that needs attention, where to begin?"

Get all of the details at Suzanne's Adventures in Gardening: Getting started in spring Insider Insight.

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