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Gardening 101: A Beginner’s Guide for Early Spring

First, let’s get this out of the way. Where do you live? This is a general plan of what you can do in your garden this month.

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Do you live in:

Texas? March is the month of vegetable and herb harvest for your garden! Plant them now!

Vegetables to grow this year: chard, collards, cucumbers, eggplant, pumpkins, summer squash, tomatoes, tomatillos, and endive. 

Herbs to grow this year: artemesia, chives, lemongrass, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, sorrel, and thyme. 

The Great Lakes region? Plant native wildflowers and it won’t take long for them to begin blooming.

The Northeast region? Search for the early bulbs that sprout early than other flowers. Daffodils will surprise you with pops of yellow after months of a gray and white landscape.

The Mid-Atlantic region? If all the snow has melted, shake or properly plant the seedpods that may be hanging from the bare, plant remnants. This can be the first stage of garden growth.

The Southeast region? If you’ve been waiting for to plant a vine, like a clematis, this month is the time to do it. Remember to plant in a location that gets sun, but not the hot noontime sun, and mulch thoroughly around the plant so the roots can stay cool.

Now, let’s move onto the basics….the most basic basics of gardening. (We all have to start somewhere). The good news is gardening is a forgivable hobby, and has so many benefits no matter how it turns out.

  • Decide what kind of garden you want to create. Make a list of the vegetables, fruits, and flowers you will need. Sketch out a plan on what your dream garden would look like and what would grow best in the shade or in the sun. Digging flower and vegetable beds or pots on the porch?
  • Gather the tools that you will need, but don’t go overboard. It should be simple: gardening gloves, a shovel for creating garden beds, and digging holes, a trowel, a hose, clippers, a metal rake to spread mulch and a rake to clean up leaves. Garden Tools
  • If you’re going for a flower bed, combine perennials (plants that come back ever season), and annuals (plants that bloom, die, and don’t come back next season). If you have too many annuals, you’ll end up with a bare flower bed at some point.
  • Also combine seeds (which will take a while to sprout), and started seedlings for the same reason as above, (no bare garden bed).
  • Don’t grow anything you don’t want to grow! Plant the flowers you think are pretty! Plant the food that YOU will eat! Don’t grow beans if you don’t want to eat beans.
  • Go to your local nursery for information and research from the professionals. Connect with other gardeners. Like anything else, educate yourself to grow as a gardener and create the best garden you can.

Begin where you feel comfortable and take it one step at a time. Gardening should be relaxing and rewarding. What are you planning for your garden this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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