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Greenhouses and Snow: How do plants survive the weather?

Wyoming Food For Thought Project after the snow October 13, 2021. (Tayler Stephenson, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — This morning, Casper woke up to ten to twelve inches of snow. Boy, is it beautiful, but all this snow begs the question of how the plants are faring with the first snowfall of the season.

Most of the leaves have already started to change colors, but some trees are still very green. What about the plants inside greenhouses? This morning, the Wyoming Food For Thought Project posted about having the snow removed outside their building in North Casper.

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The greenhouses that they operate, the gardens, and the urban farm were covered in snow. However, according to the Executive Director Jamie Purcell, the plants are safe.

Purcell says, “The snow does not really affect the plants — it’s only when it gets really cold and freezes.”

She said that the greenhouse is only really affected by the cold and dark months, just like humans.

Wyoming Food For Thought Project after the snow October 13, 2021. (Tayler Stephenson, Oil City)

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