Spring is in the air for Florida and planting a garden certainly comes to mind. Veggies, herbs and flowers are quite common choices but did you know that there are certain plants that should not be near each other? For instance if you are going to plant carrots then you would want to plant lettuce, chives, leeks, sage and peas next to it, but not strawberries, fennel or cabbage.
Plants that are companions fight off those pests that want to eat and destroy your plants and hard work. Putting plants together that attract beneficial insects and others that act as repellents to bad pests can help your garden bloom and give you the harvest your looking for.
Check out this Companion Planting Guide The Old Farmers Almanac before you buy your seeds or plants and reap the benefits of companion planting.
Have empty spots in your yard where nothing will grow because of lack of sunlight? From blooming flowers to plants that have beautiful leaves, Craftsy gives you a list of 5 plants you can grow for those shady parts of your yard.
See their article Here
Want to know what grows best in your local area? Visit LocalHarvest.com
You can shop from your local farmers for seeds, food and more.
The arrival of Spring had many people I know heading to their local garden departments for soil, fertilizer, plants, seed and garden tools. There is more to a garden then just starting though, it also entails maintaining it. Buy now if you started your planting in March, you should have some plants that are already producing a small harvest for you, especially if you planted green beans. They are a great plant to start your kids with gardening because they pop up quickly and produce within a month to six weeks depending on what type of green bean you plant.
Over a Mother Earth News they have written a great article on how to avoid common gardening mistakes that may help you with the your garden.
Starting your garden by planting seeds? Head on over or call your local library first. Libraries are implementing a program for seed rental. You rent a package of seeds, plant them and when the plant has matured, pay it forward to the library by bringing back seeds from that plant. If you library does not offer this program, why not ask them to and be the first to donate seeds.
For plants that are already established from little to big. Many garden enthusiasts may be redesigning or thinning out their garden and have an over flow of plants they want to give away. Check out Craigslist.org and put free plants in the search box for your area. You may see some plants for sale from local farmers that are at a good price and free plants. Also Freecycle.org allows you to search in your area and even post a wanted ad for free plants, mulch etc. Speaking of mulch, look for a local tree trimmer who may not mind driving by your house and giving you mulch for your garden.
Talk to your neighbors about plant cuttings and plants they many not want. A neighbor of a friend of mine knew my friend loves plants and gardening. Last weekend the neighbor came over with a small Banana plant she did not want anymore and dug up from her yard.
Yes, you can have a plant Guarantee
Your local garden centers like Lowes and Home Depot offer a one year guarantee on perennial plants. If the plant does not make it the entire year, take it back with your receipt and get a replacement.
If you garden you need tools
You can make your gathering of garden plants and all the extra’s all in one place or you can check out your local dollar stores for things like, gloves, tomato cages, shovels, hoses, planters and even potting soil that may be cheaper.