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(04/08/14) - Warmer temperatures are taking us closer to growing season.

One benefit of our extremely cold winter, might not "bug" you at all.

Greenhouses across Mid-Michigan are filled with maturing plants, and the time to transfer them from indoors to outside is approaching. But, even in protected areas, our brutal winter took its toll, mainly on the bottom line. Jeff Knickerbocker, owner of Knickerbocker Farm Market and Nursery in Mt. Morris, still feels a little chill. "It was cold. It did cost more to heat the greenhouse this winter. Outside of that, things aren't looking too bad."

Even though the ground looks pretty much the same as it does every year, brown and lifeless, there is a big difference this time around.

"We're going to approach this season a little differently. When you have record-breaking cold, it takes care of a lot of over-wintering insects that we won't have this next coming season. That's a plus," Knickerbocker said.

While the pest factor is likely to drop, Knickerbocker is taking a cautious approach this year, based on what he just went through this winter. "I don't look to put anything in much before the first week in May with the way things look right now. We usually shoot for that last week in April. It doesn't look like that this year. We're that far behind."

Frost or freezing temperatures are not that uncommon in May, so a cautious approach may be warranted.

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