Protecting your plants during drought conditions

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – With new data showing many eastern Carolina counties with slightly below normal precipitation, experts say there are ways to protect your plants.

A steady flow of people were shopping for everything from trees and shrubs to fruits and vegetables at Plant and See Nursery in Winterville on Thursday.

Despite the lack of rain in our area, Eva Ramirez says she is sticking to her annual gardening routine.

“I’m making beds, right now, today I have like broccoli, I have pineapple sage, kind of and vegetables and flowers to bring the butterflies and birds” says Ramirez.

According to the latest drought monitor, Pitt, Lenoir and Greene counties are at a moderate level, while several others are experiencing abnormally dry conditions.

Co-owner Lindsay Ryan, gives the green light on planting in this weather as long as people do one thing. “You still have to make sure to water in freshly planted trees, shrubs, perennials, but just because this time of year is so cool and not so hot you don’t have to be quite as worried,” says Ryan.

According to WITN First Alert Forecaster Dustin Staples: Duplin, Edgecombe, Martin, New Hanover, Onslow and Wayne Counties are all experiencing abnormally dry condtions.

Ramirez says this weather won’t stop her from planting any time soon. “I love it, I love it, I love doing it with the kids. I’m doing right now vegetables and fruits. I really want to eat healthy and have it in my house and teach the kids that they are able to do it for the future you never know,” says Ramirez.

Ryan says now that spring is here, once the last frost has passed, it’s okay to go ahead and plant all your favorite summer vegetables.

She says with the current minor drought conditions, it’s a good idea to water your plants while they are still in the pot and before you put them in the ground.