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How We Can Beautify Our Yards During National Garden Month

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Let’s get planting during National Garden Month.

It’s National Garden Month, and, as the name suggests, this month is dedicated to honoring the great American tradition of gardening.  Now that temperatures are warming up and the sun is shining, it’s the perfect time for us to get outside and start planting the gardens of our dreams.  Here are some suggestions we can try to get our gardens looking their best this April.

  • Tidy Up

Our homes aren’t the only things that need a good spring cleaning.  After months of poor weather conditions, our gardens are probably looking a little worse for the wear.  To get our gardens ready for spring growing conditions, it’s suggested that we clear away fallen leaves, dead branches, and other debris that might have accumulated throughout the winter months. Additionally, for those of us who have remnants of plants that have seen better days, or withered vegetation in our gardens, we need to pull these out so we can get a fresh start.

I am a massive fan of planting vegetation that produces something for my family and me to enjoy.  That includes all kinds of vegetables, chili peppers, and fruit.  I’ve become a winter and a spring gardener, and these times of year have particular plants that grow best in their season.

This winter, I grew purple potatoes, celery, brussel sprouts, artichokes, lettuce, strawberries, arugula, basil, and chili peppers.

  • Trim and Prune

Because shrubs, evergreens, semi-evergreens, or perennial plants are hardy, they have likely survived the winter.  However, there’s a good chance that these plants are looking a bit gangly, overgrown, and unkempt.  To get our gardens back into order, let’s trim back these plants until they are looking healthy and robust.

  • Prep Soil

Winter weather conditions can cause the soil in our gardens to become compacted.  Because plants will not thrive in the hard, compact ground, it’s important to till the soil in our gardens.  As we turn over the land to lighten and aerate it, we can also take this opportunity to add in fertilizer to create optimum growing conditions for our plants.

  • Choose the Right Plants and Flowers

When choosing plants for our gardens, we have to consider our climate and growing conditions. For those of us who are not sure which plants will do well in our gardens, we can do research online or speak to a plant expert at our local garden stores.  When in doubt, we are usually safe to plant things that grow natively in our areas.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we participate this National Garden Month.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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