Meteorologist Dave Epstein is our go-to person for pressing weather questions on everything from winter blizzards to summer droughts. He’s also a horticulturist, meaning he’s an expert in anything that grows leaves and flowers. GBH's Morning Edition asked our audience for weather and gardening questions, and Epstein graciously answered them on the air. This transcript has been edited for clarity.

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With temperatures in the 50s, how can I prepare my garden for spring?

Epstein’s forecast shows lots of sunshine and highs in the 50s, which means one thing: It’s time to think about gardening.

“If you want to start doing a little bit of gardening, you know, maybe adding some color, you could certainly put some pansies in if you can find them this time of the year,” Epstein told GBH’s Morning Edition co-hosts Paris Alston and Jeremy Siegel. “Pansies can handle down into the 20s. So, you know, maybe a pot of those on the stoop or something like that, or in the garden, will add a little bit of color.”

People looking for an edible garden can use the coming days to plant peas or fava beans. You can also start with indoor seedings for onions, lettuces, kale or beets.

“I would maybe keep them covered during any really wet and cool, damp weather that we have ahead, because that will help them from rotting,” Epstein said. “You can put just some plastic over them or something like that.”

Of course, it would be impossible to completely rule out a late-season cold snap or snow storm disrupting gardening plans. But it’s getting less and less likely, Epstein said.

“Temperatures are above average for the month so far, and it does look to me like we're going to remain above average on average,” he said. “That doesn't mean we're not going to see some cooler weather at some point during the month. We absolutely can. … But it just does not look like there's any prolonged cold or snow in the forecast.”

One thing to keep in mind: Beware of over-compacting wet soil. Boston has seen 4.19 inches of rain in the first 10 days of March, the third-wettest stretch of early March on record, he said.

“Right now the soil is still pretty wet,” he said. “And one of the things I always recommend is not traipsing around the garden with the wet soil because you'll compact it. And then when it dries out, it actually gets too hard. It's not good for the plants.”

Why has it been so windy out?

Tuesday afternoon will see winds gusting at 20 to 30 mph, Epstein said.

“The reason we get wind in the first place is that it has to balance the atmosphere,” Epstein said. “Nature would like everything to be completely even. Obviously it's not. We're a planet with different ways in which the sun heats the planet and all of that.”

Right now, for instance, there are low-pressure areas in Eastern Canada and high-pressure regions west of Boston.

“There's more air over there, literally,” he said. “And the wind is trying to move the air from, in this case, the west to the east, or from southwest towards the northeast. And that's why we're getting so much wind. Eventually, as the pressure kind of evens out, you get less wind.”