Spring Has Sprung! Let’s Garden!
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Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising- this is all means that Spring is finally here! While we had a fairly mild winter, we’re nearing the end of March so warmer temperatures should be sticking around. With that in mind, it is a wonderful time to start planning a garden for the spring and summer.
When planning a garden, a few key things to keep in mind are:
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION– This may seem fairly simple, but making sure you pick the right area of your yard to house your garden is very important as a successful garden requires at least 5-6 hours of sunlight per day, with the optimal amount being 8-10 hours per day. Additionally, you’ll want to pick a location that is in close vicinity to a water source and has well-drained soil. Lastly, you’ll want to pick a location that’s convenient for you to tend to and check on frequently.
Timing for Planting & Picking Plants- The next thing you’ll want to decide is what veggies, herbs, etc. you’d like to plant. When deciding upon the plants you should consider when you would like to plant them and this will impact whether you’ll be planting cool season or warm season plants. Cool season plants may be planted in early Spring or Fall due to the fact that frost will not harm them. On the other hand, warm season plants should only be planted in late Spring to Summer, after the frost free date as they can be damaged from frost. Examples of cool season crops would be: carrots, cabbage, broccoli, potatoes, etc. and examples of warm season crops are: corn, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.
These are just two of the many things to consider when planning out your garden for the year.
For more information you can visit Vegetable Gardening: A Beginner’s Guide.
Also, this Spring we’ll be implementing a 3 part series on container gardening at home for smaller spaces! Keep an eye out for these informational sources to be released in the next few weeks! Please call or email for any and all questions related to your gardening needs.