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Preparing and planting for spring

Preparing and planting for spring

There are so many perennials that can grow here in the Central Valley.

POSTED April 24, 2013 4:04 p.m.

Spring is finally here and "Spring Fever" is in the air! If you're like me, you're busy planting and planting and planting. Spring is when I fill every usable inch of soil with plants, much to the misery of my kids since it leaves very little dirt to play with!

Edibles - Veggies, herbs, etc.
Always amend and fertilize the soil thoroughly and as directed to reap the best harvest. To quote my coworker, Janet "If you want the maximum from your plants, don't give them the minimum". For more information on growing edibles, drop by The Greenery and talk to our talented staff.

Annuals & Perennials
This is the season that we plant annuals like Zinnias, Cosmos, Petunias and in May, Vincas! There are so many perennials that we can grow here in the Central Valley too. Some of my favorites are also butterfly and hummingbird favorites too. A few of them are: Echinacea, Pincushion flower, cosmos, salvias, Pentas and Blanket flower. Look for Gardening for Hummingbirds & Butterflies Seminar or Cottage Gardening Seminars in May.

Shade trees
After the long, cold winter we had it is hard to imagine that we need to block the sun, but by July shade is invaluable. This is the 2nd best time to plant a shade tree, the 1st is fall. Our knowledgeable staff can help you pick the perfect shade tree for your yard. Don't forget, if you are a TID customer, ask us how you can earn rebates for planting shade trees! Why does TID care about shade trees? Shade trees lower the ambient temperature in the surrounding area, provide windbreaks and of course, shade! A properly selected and placed shade tree can lower your energy use in the summer and provided it is a deciduous tree, will help warm your house in the winter.

As I mentioned before, there's so much happening in spring that I can't possibly cover it here. This spring we have more scheduled seminars than we've ever had in one season before! Look for topics like Cottage Gardening, Succulent Wreath, Fairy Garden, Designing with Roses and much more. Sign up online at, click on calendar and reserve your seat now. And for more gardening tips, sign up for The Greenery's newsletter.




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