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Spring Planting Fever, I certainly catch it every year!
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Spring Planting Fever

On the backs of seed packets you can see little sketches of garden plans. There are expert garden designers - people who make a living planning beautiful gardens. You can watch programs on HGTV about how to plan a garden. There are countless books on the topic.  Whether you are filling planters on a balcony, putting in a big garden, planting a few flowers for beauty and color or planning to grow some of your own food, when the weather gets warm you probably start thinking about where you will plant what.  Inspiration isn't hard to find, in fact sometimes a walk down the street or a visit to a local park will give you more ideas than you can handle!

It's hard to resist grabbing a packet of seeds at the grocery, the hardware or the big box store of your choice. And if you go to plant sales, garden centers, plant sales or even the flea market already-started plants are beautiful and blooming everywhere. How does one resist such temptation to buy and then plan?  .
Most people probably do a bit of both planning and impulse buying/planting.  Each year that you garden, you plant, some things thrive, some probably don't make it, some you don't like and others you love more than you expected. As with all things in life, failure is part of figuring out what you like in the garden. It would be nice to end up with a picture perfect flower bed the first year you choose a spot and start digging, but you would also miss out on a great deal of fun. Picking out plants and starting seeds and deciding where to put them is a springtime ritual that brings joy to people all over the globe.

One problem that besets many - maybe even most - gardeners is over-enthusiasm early in the season. After being cooped up and cold all winter, we just want to get out and get out hands dirty. But by late June or July, it is HOT and maybe not quite as much fun to get out in the yard. What began as a pleasure can easily begin to feel more like a chore.

A few ways to combat that eventual garden fatigue:
  • Mix flowers and vegetables in the same beds. A combination of high-maintenance and low-maintenance plants makes for easier care later.
  • Use mulch to help control weeds.  If you put strips of newspaper under the mulch, you will have even better weed control.
  • Make sure you choose some draught-tolerant varieties. That way, if you give up altogether some things will probably survive anyway.
  • Try growing some shade-loving plants. You may find caring for shady beds easier to handle when the really hot temperatures arrive.

Remember, gardening offers a host of benefits from exercise to stress relief, but best of all, gardening can make you happy. Take steps early, when you are still energetic and ready to get out there to insure you'll enjoy your plants all season.


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