Springtime garden planning

With spring upon us, it is time to begin thinking about your flower and vegetable gardens for this year. Many nurseries, garden centers and mail-order catalogs have a wide selection of seeds, starter plants, spring and summer bulbs, annuals and perennials to look at and get ideas from.

In our area (Zones 5 and 6) keep in mind those plants which are hardy to this climate. Determine if you have full sun or partial sun or shady areas in your yard. Then you can figure out which plants will grow best in those places. 

For example, ferns do best in the shade where it is moist. Marigolds like heat and full sun. Next, assess your soil. Is it sandy, clay or rocky? If so, you will need to amend it. This can be done with topsoil, leaf-humus, peat moss or compost.  

If you are growing vegetables, find out if you want cool or warm crops. Beets, carrots, peas and lettuce are cool plants. Beans, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and peppers are warm plants. Always read the labels and seed packets to determine which plants you have. Follow the directions exactly for the best results.

For flower gardens you can mix different tall varieties for background or privacy screening and short plants for borders or intermix for contrast.

So sit back, look out at your yard, pick up the seed catalog or call your local nursery and start planning that beautiful garden that you can enjoy all season and every one hereafter. Have fun.

Ray Blitz lives in Bay Village.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 12:34 PM, 03.12.2010