Spring has sprung at local greenhouse despite snow headed to area

Spring has sprung at local greenhouse despite snow headed to area

At the Jung Seed Company they really don’t need a thermometer to know what the weather is like outside. All they have to do is look at the foot traffic in their garden centers.

“Weather dictates pretty much everything. You can advertise all you want, but the best advertisement is a nice beautiful sunny day,” said Nathan Zondag, vice president of Jung Seed Company.

And if that is the case, the advertising has been pretty good lately as temperatures in southern Wisconsin reached the 50s over the weekend.

“This last weekend with the nice warm weather it is getting everybody excited about growing, everybody excited about getting outside and getting their garden started. Our business at the garden centers has picked up in the last week,” Zondag said.

While February ends on a mild note, March will bring a reality check as the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of southern Wisconsin.

“There is always a reality to Wisconsin weather. You don’t want to be too hasty in getting stuff outside. You know there are certain items you can plant outside early and not be too scared of frost, but most of the stuff you put out each year, you’ve got to be careful. If you’re going to plant it out early you’ve got to be willing to go out and protect it as well,” Zondag said.

While the mild weather has people anxious for spring the preparation has been going on for months in the greenhouses. Seeds were put in soil in January for many of the plants. As Jung Seed Company moves into March the push is on to have thousands of plants ready for the gardening season.

“It is getting to the point where we’re really ramping up here, bringing people in all the time and we’re sending plants out nationally right now,” Zondag said.