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Early Spring Planting

February 26th, 2014

Planting FlowersEarly Spring Planting

It’s time to get outside and play in the dirt before our allergies start to kick in. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a lot of space. You can grow quite a bit in small planters. The key is to match the plant with how much sunlight you can get.

You will be amazed at how great it feels to plant and nurture something. Flowers add a warmth to any home. And it’s a lot of fun to cook with what you grow.

Spring Bulbs

If you planted bulbs in the spring, you should be seeing the rewards now. Daffodils, crocuses, paperwhites and others are blooming. Some irises are even in bloom.

Now may be a good time to give them a little feeding as they’ve used up the energy stored in their bulb to produce the flower.

Spring Flowers

If you enjoy the look of lucky clovers with pretty flowers, look for oxalis. It’s a lovely bright green with white flowers. It’s very hardy and will continue to grow and bloom, so plant it in a pot where you can keep it constrained. Mint is another plant that will take over an entire area.

Sunset recommends:

  1. Calibrachoa hybrides, also known as Superbells and million bells.
  2. New Guinea impatiens hybrids – the flowers are large and come in a wide range of solid colors
  3. Salvia Splendens – large flowers in a variety of reds, from brick to wine
  4. Twinspur – deep blue flowers with salmon splashes
  5. Zinias – gorgeous large flowers in warm colors. Trim off the dead flowers and feed regularly to keep them blooming

Spring Vegetables

Hopefully you’ve started some early tomatoes, and you are checking your region to find out what your last day of frost is.

Even if you’re still under threat of frost, you can plant cool loving plants like lettuce, collards, cabbage, kale, and spinach. These are considered “hardy” vegetables.

You can also plant semi-hardy crops that take awhile to grow and can survive light frost like radishes, peas, potatoes, and carrots. If you want to have fun, plant some broccoli, cauliflower, celery and leeks.

Are you planning on planting a garden or a flower patch?

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