It’s that time of year again! Time for Spring Planting! Now is a great time to purchase a hanging basket to brighten up your porch or front stairs. Petunias are a great way to add color and should last all summer if you water them and pull off the dead flowers.
You can also bring out your pots or window boxes and plant some annuals for a great look to your house. There is nothing like some colorful flowers in window boxes to brighten up your home. You can mix different annuals in a large pot on your front steps with some greens to make your house look picture perfect. You can also buy these at most landscaping stores ready-made if you have less than a green-thumb.
We are also approaching strawberry season. June is Strawberry season month. You can peruse a local farmstand or farmer’s market for the freshest, right off the field strawberry. There is nothing sweeter than a berry fresh off the vine. You can also grow your own strawberries fairly easily. Strawberries grow well in raised beds and will come back every year. You can thin them out when they put out runners and make a new patch of strawberries from the offshoots. Thinning the strawberries periodically will help them produce better and make them easier to pick.
Now is also the time to be starting your vegetable garden. The days are getting warmer as well as the soil. You can start planting peas and potatoes and corn. You can start getting your pepper and lettuce plants in the ground with the rest of your vegetables to follow. Usually it’s a good idea to wait a couple of weeks to plant pumpkins or gourds that you won’t need to harvest until the fall. This way they won’t be ready too early.
There is nothing like eating veggies fresh out of the garden and much can be planted in a small space. Just take note of which vegetables require less space such as lettuce or green beans and which will spread such as butternuts and pumpkins and plan accordingly.
Make the most of your spring and summer!
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This blog was posted on May 20, 2015 on www.boldday.com