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I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.

~ Ruth Stout ~

From the GTG Garden and Greenhouse

'Tangerine Tango' is THE color for 2012, so the media tells us. It brings back memories of platform shoes (yikes, did I really wear them?) and knitted vests.
In the gardens, all shades of orange do look great as a focal point in spring of some bright iris or daylilies, a back-drop of tropical cannas in the summer, or orange hued coneflowers throughout the season. The greenhouse has been spring-cleaned and we're growing some of these plants for you!
Mark your calendar: our spring driveway sale will be the first weekend in May. We'd love to meet you and chat about plants and hear about your garden. If you can't visit in person, visit us on our web site.
Happy spring planting,, Belle
Green Thumbs Galore LLC

Spring Cleaning

by Dava Stewart

Even if the weather doesn’t quite always seem spring-like in early March, it’s as if we can feel spring coming deep inside. This year it has been feeling spring-like since early February! So, now that March has rolled around on my calendar, I’m thinking of some spring cleaning.

Of course, since I much prefer being outside to being inside, I am thinking more of the spring cleaning that needs to happen in my garden than what needs to happen in my kitchen. While March might be a tad too early to plant most things, there are lots of activities to do that will keep me away from those dirty dishes:

Bird Feeders
It’s a good time of year to clean your feeders so that they are safe and ready for the birds. Birds are susceptible to all sorts of disease-causing bacteria, and sickness can spread quickly thought the wild bird population. Most experts recommend cleaning your feeders once a month, but spring is a good time to clean them and give them a good inspection.

To properly clean your feeders you should use a solution that is one part bleach and nine parts water, and you should take them completely apart. Use a bottle brush or a toothbrush to scrub all parts, inside and out. Let the feeders dry in direct sunlight.

While they are drying, you may want to clean the area where your feeders normally hang. Remove all seed hulls and thoroughly rake the ground. If you are thinking of setting up a new feeder, spring is the perfect time to do it.

Garden Paths
If you have pavers or paths through your garden, they may need to be uncovered after winter storms. Paving stones with glass or other decorations embedding in them might benefit from a good scrub. Edging might need to be put back in place or straightened. General maintenance of your pathways will have you ready to stroll around, looking for seedlings in just a few, short weeks.

Patio Pots
I keep a few pots along the edge of the garden and around our porch swing with seasonal plants or annuals in them. March is a great time to freshen up the soil in the those pots and get them ready for the season, as well as give the outsides a little cleaning.

It’s amazing that, even when nothing else seems to grow, weeds just keep on popping up. Usually, they are easy to dislodge in damp March soil, so it’s a good time to get started.

Seed Packets

I seem to always have a few seeds here and there in packets. If I don’t pay attention, they pile up year after year and I have no idea how old they are. Then I have to decide to take a chance and plant them or throw them all out. March is a great time to take a look and decide what to keep and what to toss.

A Shelf
If you start seeds indoors, March is a good time to get your seed-starting area cleaned up and ready to go. There are even a few that can be started in March for a late April planting, depending on your zone.

Your Head
After a long winter of sitting in the stuffy house, it feels so good to get out in the garden. It clears the mind, and the strong winds of March seem to blow away the mental cobwebs. Just feeling the sun and the wind seems to change my whole perspective on the world!

Start marking your calendars: Our Spring Driveway Sale is scheduled for the weekend of May 5th, 2012. Call or check our web site for directions.


March in the Garden:

Color of the Year 2012
Tangering Tango

Canna 'Orange Beauty'

Daylily 'Kwanzo'

Iris 'Savannah Sunset'

Echinacea 'Flame Thrower'