The countdown to spring begins!

With a warm up in sight, we are experiencing spring fever. And as one of the longest, coldest winters we’ve had wraps up, we’re thinking spring here at KIMT News 3.

Thursday, we are starting our official “countdown to spring.”

Every day for the next 2 weeks, we’ll bring you a story that brings out the spirit of spring.

It certainly doesn’t look like spring is right around the corner, but it’s actually just 14 days away.

But spring has already sprung in north Iowa, at your local greenhouse.

“Spring starts early for us.”

Otto’s Oasis in CharlesCity has gotten a jump start on the season.

“We start planting by seen and by plugs and start putting together baskets and containers and trays of flowers so they’ll be rooted in well when it’s time for you guys for everyone to come plan,” says owner, Jeff Otto.

They usually see folks filter in during the month of March to plan their spring gardens, but they say, because of the winter blues, they’re seeing more customers than usual right now.

With the temperature in the greenhouse sitting at about 80 degrees folks aren’t just coming in to plan their spring gardens, they’re coming in to enjoy the weather.

“People come in and really get a taste of what spring will be like, hopefully. But you can just see in their face when they walk in the door that they’re relieved to come in here and people are really sick of winter,” says Otto.

And if you just can’t wait until the snow melts to get a taste of spring, there’s plenty of other options to perk up your home.

“Spring scented candles, so you can get that touch of spring in the air at home,” says manager, Christopher Anthony.

Or you could spring for fresh cut flowers to brighten up your mood.

“With this winter it has been as long and drug out as it has been we’ve had people coming in January, February,” adds Anthony.

So whether you’re gearing up for the planting season or just needing a break from the cold.

“Come in here any time, sit and have a cup of coffee and just enjoy the warm temps in the greenhouse,” says Otto.

Those at Otto’s Oasis will continue to plant and prep throughout the month.

It’s sort of the calm before the storm for greenhouses, because they say once the snow melts people will be flooding in to get their plants.

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