Gardening Basics


Ready, Set Go!

It’s spring! That means it’s time to get going in the garden. Whether your thumb is bright green, or you’re a beginning gardener, spring is a time of fresh starts. It’s a time to try a few new plants, replace the tired old varieties that aren’t working and plan for new garden spaces.

Here are a few tips to help get your garden growing:

Make a Plan

Are you looking to create great curb appeal? Do you need to add color to an area of your yard? Would a shade tree create a more comfortable space? Knowing what your goals are is a great first step.

Location, Location, Location

Is the area shady or sunny? Do you have good soil, or will you need to create the right conditions? Are you near a water source? Will the plants you want fit in the space? Knowing the conditions you’re working with will set the parameters for a number of factors, including how much time you’ll be investing and how many plants you’ll need.

Keep in mind, “Full Sun” means that the space receives 6-8 hours of bright sunlight, "Partial Sun/Shade" would be 3-5 hours of sun and "Full Shade" less than two hours of sun per day. For more tips like this check out our Plant Care section.


Container Up

One of the easiest ways to get started is with a container garden. Pairing a few of your favorite plants in a pot can add a warm welcome to your front steps, or a great splash of color to your patio.

With a container garden, you can create the optimum soil conditions. If it’s not getting enough sun, just move the container to a brighter location. Just remember to keep your containers watered, as they tend to dry out fast.

Choose the Right Plants

Once you know your growing conditions, you can match your plants to your site. Buying quality plants helps ensure your success. Choose varieties that grow well in your area. Ask your neighbors what works in their yard, read up on advice from local gardening experts in newspapers or magazines and check with your local county extension office.

Ask the Experts

One of the best sources for expert advice is your local independent garden center. The staff can help you choose the correct varieties for your needs and your garden space. They know what’s new and what works in your area. Many garden centers also offer how-to classes or seminars on interesting garden topics.

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Relax and Have Fun!

Experts agree that gardening is a great form of exercise, can reduce stress and lift your mood. We just think gardening is fun. So, get out there and experiment. Make this spring your best fresh start.