This post is a rewrite of something we posted back in 2009 (original here), written by my wonderful spouse, Ross Arbo. I asked him to write a fresh post for us this year, but he reminds me that the advice for yard gardens stands the test of time. He’s right. So instead, I’m updating it to include some houseplant / container gardening info along with his previous sage advice for your yard.
Around now, the weather is getting (noticeably) warmer, and many people start to think: gardening. No matter where your garden is – balcony, counter, or yard – a bit of extra effort now can spell maximum enjoyment later.
Two notes for all gardeners and would-be gardeners:
- Our library has wonderful gardening books and they don’t need to be new and fancy to fit the bill. Stop by and ask the helpful staff for some advice on finding the right one for your particular garden.
- While there is no official “garden store” in New West, there are some great options for buying locally: most chain grocery stores carry garden items seasonally and Lowe’s in Queensborough and Uptown Market on 6th has a great selection this time of year. There are two dollar stores in Uptown with a decent selection, and both Robin at Bunches & Blooms in River Market and Rani at The Bloom Bloom Room in Sapperton can probably help you find the exact thing you need.
One final word: for any of you dying to buy and plant that technicolor flat of impatiens you see on sale, and even though our spring feels like it started a month ago, please wait until Mothers Day (May 8, 2016); it’s often still too cold at night. The flowers will just get shocked and die and then it’s a waste. Continue reading “That Time of Year”