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Turn Your Thumbs Green This Spring

Williston Woman Gardening in Her BackyardA fresh spring garden is not only refreshing, but it also provides an invigorating experience. But, it’s quite rare to find someone who has the innate capability to make green things grow. The majority of people have been made to believe that a green thumb is an inherent talent and not a gift everyone possesses. That view just does not hold water. Healthy spring plants are the result of careful planning, good information, and dedication. Truth be told, you can follow a few easy ways to develop your own green thumb. In doing so, you’re setting yourself up for a wonderful experience of the green beauty that springtime has to offer.

If you are interested in growing spring plants, you should not be put off by a lack of experience or even garden space. You don’t need to spend a lot of money or put in a lot of hard work just to grow beautiful spring plants in the vicinity of your residence. Just getting started? An easy place to get your green thumb started is with container gardening.

Container gardening is growing spring plants in pots, wooden boxes, and other containers. As opposed to typical landscaping, with container gardening you can place a variety of flowering plants, vegetables, and even small trees in and around your home, patio, porch, and so on. Different heights and sizes of containers can make beautiful visual displays. A great detail to take note of is that if you should ever move, you can take your plants with you.

If you feel like you’re ready to commit to this, you’ll need a few things to get started. Make sure you get some basic supplies, the right amount of sun, and access to a water source. Combine your knowledge with a little basic gardening know-how and you’ll be ready to start cultivating as much of a green thumb as you can imagine.

It goes without saying that choosing the right plants to start with is also important. Some plants are a bit simpler to take care of than others, so look for plants that are recommended for beginners. You might want to consider planting pansies first, especially if you’re into colorful flowers. Pansies are hardy, resilient flowers that handle cold weather well. This plant is great for sunny areas in the northern states, and for partially shady spots in the south. Consistency is key to getting those beautiful spring flowers right away– feed them and water them on a regular basis.

Flowers are not the only easy plants for new gardeners to grow. If you like fresh herbs, consider growing basil or mint. Both basil and mint are really easy to grow and maintain and mature quickly. Generally, mint grows so fast that it can be invasive if not checked regularly. This is why it works particularly well for container gardening or for areas of the yard edged by walkways or driveways.

If you want to try growing vegetables, start with low-maintenance plants like onions, lettuce, or beans. These tend to grow well in a lot of different climates and aren’t too picky about soil conditions. Remember to buy seedlings instead of seeds to get your plants going. Seedlings are good for beginners because they are already acclimated to the growing conditions of your area. This means less stress on your part to keep a close watch on them throughout the growing season.

Once you are ready to branch out a little, start adding to your spring garden a plant or two at a time. Trying to go too big or do too much is a recipe for failure. Rather, create a plan for your gardening venture — know when and where to expand. Throughout the preparation, take into account what resources and tools you have available, what you might need to buy, and what kind of plants will thrive in your climate. If you want to grow green and healthy plants, look into the kind of location you are living in. This will help you choose varieties that are a good fit for the area. Plants differ in what they need, but they all need the right nutrients and temperature to survive. Native plants are more likely to thrive, considering how uniquely suited to certain climates they are.

Developing a green thumb this spring could be both easy and fulfilling. Plan and execute carefully, so that you will be able to enjoy the fresh greenery of the season all-around your home in no time.

At Real Property Management Sterling, we can help you find the perfect Williston rental home for you and your plants. View our available rentals and give us a call at 802-861-6468 to schedule a showing today.

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