Horticulture scientist Steve Poppe. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

While much of Minnesota is dealing with record amounts of snowfall, horticulture scientist Steve Poppe of the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris said that snow cover is very beneficial for the plants many home gardeners rely upon.

Poppe gave an example of strawberry buds, which are hearty to between 12 and 19 degrees. But snow cover will insulate them when temperatures dip below that.

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