Greetings Breezles,

  It’s the time of year to start gardening and thinking about what we need to do to get our yards ready for Summer.  I am a novice when it comes to yard maintenance, so I spoke to my favorite gardener, Maureen Matejcik and asked her what tips she could give me when I am planting this Spring.  Her tips are below, but I would love to hear what tips you have for beginning gardeners.

, E

1. When deciding what plants you want in your garden make sure to read the labels. Some plants need lots of sun, like shade, and/or don’t need much water. Most labels will identify what each plant desires which will help you make an informed decision.

2. When planting a plant or an herb, make sure the hole isn’t too deep. You want it to be flush with where the dirt meets the plant, not higher or lower.

3.  Laying out plants while they are still in their containers is a great way to get a visual of what they will look like when planted.  Most plants enjoy their same kind and it will look better if you have more than one in the same area. Three is usually a good number.

4. Make sure all of your plants have enough room around them. If they are planted too close to one another they can get lost in other plants and potentially die. Shrubs especially will grow, so don’t place them too close together.

5. Before planting a plant in the location you want, loosen the roots so they will enjoy and take faster in their new home by pinching the bottom a couple of times.

I hope this helps and happy gardening 


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