Spring is Blooming…

052   As Spring begins to entice with the glorious promise of more to come, now is the time to pause and become inspired.  There is still time to redefine your gardening space….Small changes can be the beginning to transformation.

    First, what do you want your garden /yard to be used for – growing vegetables, flowers, herbs, or just a wonderful place to unwind and entertain, or perhaps a little of each?  You don’t need much to create that special place.  Sometimes less is more, the versatility of large containers is one way, perhaps you would enjoy a kitchen cooking garden, herbs are very easy to grow.  Many flowers can be grown for salads, as well as being added to ice trays for your favorite summer beverages.  A few are pansies, violas and not to be forgotten Johnny Jump Ups.  Squash blooms are always wonderful to add to cooking or as garnish.  A great book for more : Edible Flowers – From Garden to Palate by Cathy Wilkinson Barash.

047Within your garden beds try to include as many natives plants as you can.  Natives are so beneficial for returning wild life – who have migrated south for winter, only to prepare for their journey back to our yards and gardens.  Did you know migrating birds will usually return to the same feeding areas year after year?  Birds feed on some of the little critters that inhabit the soil.  So take the opportunity to invite nature into your life…you will be so glad.  Hummingbirds love deep-throated flowers.  Butterflies feed on nectar flowering plants.  Butterflies are going to be returning soon, so milkweed is a must have.  Monarch butterflies lay their eggs upon the milkweed leaves.  Don’t have any, consider adding some.  Just making a few additions to your garden can be helpful to the environment by creating a wildlife habitat.  A butterfly invitation can be as easy as having a few nectar flowering perennials and annuals.  To encourage butterflies to lay eggs, the host plant – would be needed for the “very hungry caterpillar to eat”.  Yes, each species of butterfly have their own host plant variety.  Confusing – no problem here is a site that has great pictures of both plant & the butterfly it supports, and offers them for purchase.  http://www.ButterflyBushes.com/milkweed  – Rose Franklin’s Perennials located in Springs Mills, PA.

Your garden space can be your canvas to plant with living color, so indulge that side that wants to add more to your garden space with inspired enthusiasm, for the new growing season!  Get growing!  Until later, El

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4 thoughts on “Spring is Blooming…

  1. Hello! Just wondering if this bitterly cold winter we just experienced will have any negative effects on this season’s gardening. I have a gut feeling that it’s not gonna be good, but no facts. What do you think?

    1. Hello Julia, Thank you for taking the time to read and reply. I enjoyed your question – so I answered your question with a new writing. Keep those questions coming. Thanks again, El

  2. Hi El,

    You asked for another question, so…

    Last fall, after a summer of struggling with weeds, I converted to raised beds from a traditional garden plot. I have lovely, crumbly “chocolate cake” soil that would grow anything and everything, but the weeds were killing me.

    The beds were built and filled for me, and the organic farmer who did them for me filled them with light, soft soil. Then, winter came, and I waited out the snowy months with anticipation. I couldn’t wait to plant!

    I’ve only planted beets, onions, and peas for far, but none are doing well. The beds dry out too fast. Last year by this time, I had lovely rows of beets. This year, you can’t even see them. I think they might be dying.

    I’ve been thinking of buying a straw bale, soaking it, and then applying the wet straw as mulch. Hopefully, that would help the beds stay moist longer. But my tomatoes and peppers are going gangbusters under my grow lights, and I’m afraid to put them in these weird alien beds. How can you water one day, and the next you can push your whole index finger into the soil to the last knuckle and it’s almost dry?

    Any tips for me? Thanks very much!

    1. Hello Julia,

      Thank you for allowing me to answer your concerns. I would probably do a deep root watering then apply the dry straw around plantings without actually touching the stems. Sounds like you have a nice jump with your tomatoes and peppers.

      I have taken this opportunity to address your raised garden concerns with other readers. Keep those questions coming. I enjoy your your very good questions. Until later, El

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