April snow frustrating gardeners in Franklin County

Franklin County

Snow fell twice this week in Western Massachusetts and it’s preventing Franklin County residents from planting their gardens.

“Nope not yet, I still have snow on the garden up in the hills,” said Cody Stetson of Buckland.

Many of the Franklin County hilltowns woke up to a few inches of snow Thursday morning, it was a frustrating sight for gardeners, but ones we spoke with said they’re used to dealing with snow in April. 

“It’s not uncommon to get snow in April and it’s not uncommon to get really warm days and you think it will stay, but then it changes again,” said Cynthia Racicot of Conway.

Shelburne Farm & Garden said they’re seeing fewer customers this April because of the weather.

“They just can’t do anything with 5 inches of snow on the ground, which is the way it is higher in the hills,” said Pat Schmidt, Owner of Shelburne Farm & Garden. “Its a challenge, but we’ll deal with it and we are prepared for a big rush once the sun comes out.”

Schmidt told 22News plants like pansies and perennials are “cold tolerant,” meaning they can survive the snow. She also recommends fertilizing your garden and clearing out debris while you’re waiting to plant.  

Schmidt also said cold crops like broccoli cabbage and lettuce are all ok to plant right now. 

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