With spring knocking at the door, it’s time to start thinking about what to plant for a thriving spring garden.
Before you start buying and planting, there are a couple of things to consider.
1. Where is the best place for your garden?
For a vegetable garden, you’re looking for a flat place that is fully exposed to the sun, somewhat close to a water source and has decent soil to work with. If soil is too rocky or sandy your plants won’t thrive. Spring flowers need a variety of sunlight, so be sure to check where the best place for your favorite flowers would be in your yard. If you’re looking to create window boxes or potted arrangements, make sure you have the proper vessels and tools for maintaining them. Visit your local plant store or nursery for information about what your soil needs to be successful and how to prepare to plant.
2. Pick plants and organize your garden.
Start by deciding if you want flowers or vegetables or both.
If you’re looking for a robust flower garden, there are a wide variety of early spring flowers to choose from. Try starting with pansies, trilliums, peonies, hellebores, lilac, irises, hyacinth, daffodils, tulips or azaleas.
When organizing your flower garden, think about the height, color and area the plants need to grow. Planting flowers too close together won’t allow the roots to fully grow, which will prevent the plants from properly growing. If you like low maintenance flowers, try working with perennials, flowers that will return each year.
A vegetable garden needs a little bit more planning. First, decide what you want to grow. If your garden is successful, you’ll have lots of produce, so pick veggies that you and your neighbors love. A good selection of early spring vegetables include beets, broccoli, corn, cucumbers, onions, peas, peppers (like jalapeno and sweet banana), summer squash and tomatoes. If you’re in an area that may get another frost, try starting tomatoes, peas and pepper in indoor pots before moving them into the garden.
March is also a good time to start herbs. Plant them in pots and keep them inside while the final cold moves out, then move them outside. Good herbs to plant are basil, oregano, dill and tarragon.
3. Start Planting.
When you’re ready to plant, create distinct rows and label them. If you have two beds going, make sure you can walk between them to prevent stepping on the plants. Follow directions on the seed packets to make sure you leave enough room between the seeds and to understand the proper amount of water. Do not plant a garden at the bottom of a slope or your garden could flood every time it rains.
After planting, sit back and relax and let your work pay off with fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers. If you’re a beginner gardener, ask your local nursery about easily maintained plants.