Gardening for Dummies

Updated: Feb 17

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Here are some gardening tips to make you King and Queen of Spring.

We'll discuss what to plant, when to plant, how to plant, and make it fun.

The weather is about to get better everywhere, except here, where I am. Does that sound all too familiar? Do you feel the effects of cabin fever, Is your spouse beginning to look like plant fertilizer? Do you think Spring will never get here? Well, I’ve got a secret for you,

Spring is Coming, just as surely as Winter is Coming proved true in the Game of Thrones, only not half as scary. We can avoid the Night King and his deadly frost if we pay attention to a few simple rules.

Timing is paramount, and the prevailing wisdom says pay attention to the ground temperature. Be patient and wait for the proper time so you don’t plant in vain.

Here are some freshly pruned tips, hints and suggestions from the experts. What works best in each season and why.

In Spring,

Some of the veggies that really do well during this season are carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, broccoli, honeydews, peppers, garlic, onions, potatoes, and raspberries.

When planting your veggies, make sure you water them for two weeks after you’ve planted them, so that the seeds have enough time to sprout.

In Summer when you are planting, you should grow vegetables that take less time to mature.

These include veggies like cucumbers, lettuces, squash, tomatoes, peppers, greens, berries, sorrels, and heat tolerant plants. And remember when planting during the summertime, it is a good idea to water your garden every day so there will be enough moisture for the plants, not only when they’re young, but also when they become mature.

Plus, you should water plants at night in the summer, this gives plants enough time to absorb the water before the sun rises again in the morning, while the lower humidity at night reduces the risk of disease.

In Fall. All spring-blooming bulbs such as tulips and hyacinths need a period of cold to bloom, which is why they need to be planted in fall even though you won't be able to enjoy them until the following spring. Many bulbs come in a wide assortment of varieties, so you can choose colors, heights, and bloom times that work best in your garden. If deer or other critters frequent your yard, plant bulbs they don't like to nibble, such as daffodils, grape hyacinths, and alliums.