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Cold start to spring tough on some businesses

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The snow and chilly weather have many people wondering if spring will ever get here.

Some business owners in our area are keeping their fingers crossed that the weather will warm up soon.

"Well we've got snow shovels and snow removal stuff and it should be loaded up with potting soil," explained Mike Green at Green's Feed and Seed in Charleston. "The weather is not cooperating."

It is still too early to plant many flowers and other plants, but Green said customers are not buying gardening supplies either.

"It is cold and people just don't want to get out there and mess with it," Green said.

At Gritt's Midway Greenhouse in Putnam County the weather is causing problems as well. They can control the temperature inside, but many of the plants aren't getting enough sunlight. It is also costing the business more to run heaters because things are not warming up outside.

"Normally we have the sides opened on some of the houses for fresh air to come in because it is warm and sunny outside," explained Penny Goff at Gritt's. "But we are having to use our gas heaters now just to keep the houses warm."

This time of year many plants are sent out to other businesses to sell. But the problem is with all of the cold weather not many people are in the mood for planting.

That means there is less of a demand for the products they are growing.

"The flowers that were scheduled to ship this week peaked and are ready to go so they are kind of having to hang out," Goff said. "We've had to put a crew in here just kind of de-blooming."

The greenhouse is staying busy selling plants to groups for Easter. They are hoping to get back on track as soon as the weather starts to warm up.

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