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Late spring means late season for gardeners and nurseries

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With today's temperatures, it's safe to say that it finally feels like summer.
It's an extra taste of sunshine for those looking to tend to their gardens.
Many say this is the latest planting season they've ever seen.

While visiting this 200 foot community plot, you'll likely run into gardener Mary Beth Simmer.

"We are planting a tomato," says Simmer.

She says due to the rainy weather much of the region has experienced, she's been absent from one of her favorite places.

"This is a very late season," says Simmer.

She just hopes she won't be washed out anytime soon.

"Mother Nature doesn't cooperate often," says Simmer.

Eric Baker, owner of Baker's nursery in Fargo says the late season means bad business so far.

"Finally the ground is going to start and try to dry out and dry up a bit," says Baker.

He says in 30 years he can't remember planting so late in the year.

"Today is a nice day. It's not to late to plant. You may have a few less weeks but you can still plant," says Baker.

Baker says although it may be late there's still hope.

"Some longer term crops, like corn and potatoes, may have a problem. They can still be planted but just smaller," says Baker.

For the sake of this tomato plant, Simmer just hopes mother nature cooperates until fall.

"I hope the sun shines. I hope it will rain twice a week. Just not rain on are gardening days," says Simmer.

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