Gardening for Spring: 5 Tips

This year, the first day of Spring is March 20th. In honor of the growing season’s arrival, I thought I’d gather some of the best gardening ideas and tips for beginners or the greenest of thumbs.

The weather has been unusually pleasant, and now is the time to plan that yard makeover you’ve always dreamed of (and that will make your home more appealing and valuable, too).

  1. Prune away the winter. Just before Spring is the best time to trim, because you can see the framework of the plants. Remove things like branches that cross or rub, and always cut down to a branch or bud. Also, buds that grow at right angles to a branch are called “water spouts,” and these should be pruned as well. This site has some great tips on pruning, like what to cut and how.
  2. Start a compost bin. While you reimagine or revitalize your garden, add a way to fertilize and efficiently use your food waste. Start by combining “green” waste (grass clippings, other green plants) and “brown” waste (dead leaves, shredded paper, etc.). Food scraps and yard trimmings are best–but avoid meats and pet droppings. Keep everything damp and warm, but not too wet. Here you can find the best things to remember when starting to compost.
  3. Plan ahead. Make a map of what you want your garden to look like, even if it’s all future projects. That way you can take it step by step, start small, and end up with exactly what you want. Think about when different flowers will be in bloom, and which plants need the most shade or sun. This website is a cool interactive tool to layout your whole garden and plan the square-footage and plants in each area.
  4. Plant new flowers. Start small if you’re just starting out, take baby steps. If you’re an experienced gardener, consider growing something new. Some flowers thrive in Spring, although these may need to be planned in advanced and planted earlier to allow for a solid root base. Southern Living created a list of the best new flowers to grow in the South, check out the article if you’re looking for inspiration or ideas.
  5. Try veggies! This is a great time to use that compost you’ve started collecting, as the enriched soil will help grow better quality vegetables. GardenGuides.com is a great resource for gardening, with articles specifically about vegetable gardening in South Texas. All the information you need is right at your fingertips, and there’s nothing quite like adding your own home-grown ingredients to your meals.

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