Is it time for spring gardens? Planting new flowers and vegetables in containers is an ideal way to get started with the spring planting season. There is something special about being able to grow your favorite plants right in your own home. Container gardening offers several benefits; it is easier than growing plants in pots or in the ground, it is more convenient for those of us that have a busy life, and it allows us to truly enjoy the beauty of our gardens in the early spring sunshine. If you are looking for new ways to enjoy the beauty of your garden this spring, consider planting some bulbs in small containers.
Get Ready For Spring! – Get your feet wet before you head out to your local garden center. This is probably a good time to begin to plan the various tasks you will need to accomplish once the season starts. Once you have an idea of the kinds of flowers and vegetables you would like to grow, it is time to begin contacting garden centers and nursery stores. You should always do your homework before you go into business with a plant, so be sure to look at pictures of plants in actual conditions to make sure they will survive in your climate. Also, be sure to find out about the expected temperatures on your area during different times of the year to be sure that your plants will not die prematurely from exposure to cold or hot weather.
Research – Don’t be afraid to use the internet to learn all you can about plants. You will be amazed at all the information available online, and you might come across some lucky finds that you would not have been able to find otherwise. It can be a great thrill to purchase a specimen that you had never even heard of before, and it is a great feeling to know that you found it in an online store. Research is a lot of fun, and it will pay off when you finally get your plants.
Consider Your Space – Spring is here, so it may be time to think about how much room you have in your garden. Do you have a large yard? Is your patio or back porch large enough for a lush garden? How deep do you want to dig? All these questions are important, and you should consult with a landscaping professional to get the best advice possible.
Water – Now that your plants are established, you will need to water them often. Many people think that water only needs to be sprayed in the evening to give plants a drink, but this is not the case. Watering your garden in the morning on a sunny day, after the heat of the day has passed, will ensure that your plants get all the water they need. You should also check the soil for moisture daily as well, because this can be a problem if the soil is extremely dry.
Feed – This is another thing that people forget about when they are planning their garden. Most plants need fertilizer, and there are many different types on the market. You will want to read up on which ones are best for your plants. While this does take some work, it is worth it in the long run. You may have to make some sacrifices in the organic section of your grocery store if you are going the non-organic route, but remember that your plants will thank you in the end!
Mulch – It is actually a very good idea to mulch in the early fall, as this will help your plants to stay healthy during the winter. There are many choices available, from straw, to pine needles, to leaves, grass clippings and more. As long as you place it in the early fall, it will be all that you need to keep your garden growing in the winter months. The best time for spring gardens!
These tips will ensure that you have the best possible start to the new year! Spring gardens can be the most rewarding thing that you can do for yourself and your family. You will have spent the time and effort to plant and weathered the hardship that was sure to come. Now all that is left is to pull up your garden and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Good luck!