Time To Get Dirty

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

This is the first morning that I have woken up and stepped outside to a warm 65 degrees and sunny!  I hear the voice of Ouiser Boudreaux from the movie "Steel Magnolias" saying "I'm an old Southern woman and we're supposed to wear funny looking hats and ugly clothes and grow vegetables in the dirt.  I don't know why.  I don't make the rules!".  Gotta love Ouiser! It's time to get to gardening!  If I could go without breakfast I would just grab my gloves and start digging.  This is my favorite time of year.  My Hydrangeas are starting to bud as well as the Lilac.  In a matter of weeks the wind will carry a myriad of fragrances.  Ooooh, I can't forget about the Phlox! 
This is the time we get our butts outside and prepare out planters, flower boxes, vegetable gardens, and porches.  This weekend Ferns will be hung from every hook and bags of potting soil and weed killer will fly from the home improvement stores.  As exciting as this time of year can be, it is important to take our time and plan our projects.  If you lead a busy life, you will want your yard and home maintenance to be minimal.  If  gardening is your hobby, then you have the more complicated plantings.  The one thing any yard lover has in common is they want a beautiful outdoor space. 
Containers are a great way to add beauty to landscape while also being low maintenance.  Annuals are usually cheaper than perennials, so you can build stunning containers at low cost.  As with all plants, be sure to carefully read and follow the care instructions for best results.  Find tips on container gardening at HGTV.

Be as creative with the outdoors as you are in your home.  This great hanging plant system doubles as a privacy screen.  Going vertical is all the rage.  It's a smart way to have great impact without taking up a lot of space.
Don't be afraid to be creative and reuse old items that may have been headed for the trash.  They can be cheep, cheerful and great conversation pieces.

If you are dying to try your hand as a gardener there are many planning tools online that can help.  BHG has a free planner you can access online. Almanac is another good online source for plans.   It is important that you talk to your local nurseries.  They can help you understand what grows best in the soil in your area and help resource any materials you may need.  Most towns have a local garden club that can be a good source of information.  You can also join online forums and chat with other gardeners in your grow zone.  Always invest in good tools and take care of those tools.  They can last a lifetime if properly maintained.  Remember, gardening requires patience.  It can take years to build a beautiful garden.  Take your time just as you would with any decision you make for your home. 

Stay tuned for updates on trending perennials and annuals for the spring and summer season!



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