LC Valley master gardener gives green light for planting

LEWISTON, ID - Spring is upon us, which means it's time to dust off the gardening gloves, un-kink the hose and break out the shovel for some Spring planting.

Typically the Lewis-Clark Valley has a growing season of more than 200 days. But, the record setting dry weather has farmers and gardeners getting their seeds in now, due to the lack of moisture in the soil.

"In this climate we always have pretty nasty summers," said master gardener Bill Furstenau. "If your gonna plant trees or perennial shrubs they should be in the ground like yesterday."

Nez Perce garden officials said its important to give new trees and flowers plenty of water, so their roots can spread before the heat of summer. The Valley has seen unusually dry weather, with the second driest March ever recorded.