Spring Planting

Master gardener Nancy Carroll recommends starting small if you have never gardened before, so not to be overwhelmed. She advises to improve your green thumb by practicing around your mailbox or a small garden patch in a sunny spot of your yard with plants that interest you. For those that missed planting flower bulbs in the fall and want what their garden to bloom quickly, there are a few ways technology is lending a helping hand.

“Head to your garden center and buy some bulbs that have been forced in green houses,” says Carroll. “You can pop them in the ground and they will come back next year as well.”

The nemesis to even well kept gardens are weeds. Nancy Carroll suggests planting close together in order to crowd out the weeds, using a weed mat, or setting aside a couple hours each week to maintain your garden. Most importantly, it is choosing durable plants such as pansies.

“A pansy is a perfect example of a spring or fall transitional flower that we can put in our yard and they won’t mind the cool nights,” says Carroll.

No new gardener should expect to cultivate the Garden of Eden on their first try, even the experts have bad experiences. And with any new hobby, the hardest part is just getting started.

“There is a garden for everybody,” says Carroll. “I think everyone should get started.”

Nancy recommends checking out your local garden club if you are looking for ideas on how to start your own garden.

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