Spring Has Sprung
We finally have some spring-like weather! Now is the time to get out in the garden and start cleaning up the yard and prepping your garden beds. You can even do some planting! According to O’Donal’s Nursery, it is not too late to plant spring bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, grape hyacinths and more…
You can also get your vegetable garden started by planting cool weather crops like spinach, lettuce, kale and leeks.
‘Tis the season for cleaning! For great advice on getting your yard and gardens cleaned up and spruced up, see these article by Estabrook’s on Spring Clean-Up Tips as well as their Mulching Guide. Tom Estabrook also provides us with tips for giving your Endless Summer Hydrangeas a jump start, see this video on Facebook.
Starting a Vegetable Garden
If your inclination is towards veggies instead of floral blooms, you can visit your local garden center to ask the experts for advice on getting the biggest yield. You may also find this brief introduction helpful, from our sponsors at Espoma Organic:
Limited lawn space doesn’t mean you have to go without a garden! On April 27th, Broadway Gardens will be hosting this class on Container Gardening. Follow their page on Facebook to stay up-to-date on future events. You can also visit our calendar page for fun and educational events related to gardening, such as the Maine School Garden Day, hosted by the Maine School Garden Network.
Planting for Pollinators
If environmental concerns are driving your desire to garden, you should check out this workshop hosted by Skillins and First Light Wildlife Habitats: Landscaping for Wild Bees, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds. You may also want to look at the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, created by the National Pollinator Garden Network and their partners.
Whatever your motivation is for planting, it’s finally time to get out there and start digging! Mother nature has blessed us with the long-awaited end to winter and we should repay her by making the most of our garden spaces.