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Saturday forecast opens window for gardening; Easter egg hunts look iffy on Sunday

Saturday forecast opens window for gardening; Easter egg hunts look iffy on Sunday

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The weekend forecast looks promising for planting grass seed and vegetable gardens on Saturday, but not so much for hunting Easter eggs on Sunday.

Saturday is expected to be a dry day followed by potentially healthy rains Saturday night into Sunday.

Scott Dergan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said rain could begin falling late Saturday afternoon, with a greater likelihood of showers overnight.

On Sunday, rainfall could be intermittent — that day's forecast is less certain than Saturday evening's, he said.

This weekend's rain could be accompanied by storms, and there's a chance for more rain and storms in the middle of next week.

Kathleen Cue, horticulturist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Douglas and Sarpy Counties, said there's still time to do spring planting.

Kentucky bluegrass and turf-type tall fescue grass seed can be planted, she said. The soil remains too cold for pre-emergent herbicide to be effective.

Soil temperatures are running in the mid-40s and typically need to be around 50 degrees for pre-emergent herbicides to work. The extension advises waiting until soils are warmer to apply those herbicides.

Vegetable seeds that can be planted this weekend include peas, radishes, greens, carrots, beets, turnips and parsnips.

It's too late to plant some vegetables as seeds, so they need to be planted in another form.

These include onion sets and broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts seedlings. Potatoes also can be planted.

Also see: A list of upcoming Omaha-area Easter egg hunts

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