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Getting A Late Start In The Garden

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Jun 9, 2018

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Have you been really busy this spring? Perhaps you've been studying for final exams at school, packing up to move to a new home, or you've been occupied with spring cleaning tasks. Maybe you're thinking that it's too late to start a garden. Well, I'm here to tell you that it's not too late! Today, I have some ideas for how you can enjoy a flourishing garden even if you're a little late off the starting blocks.

Think About Getting Some Young Plants

If you're creating a garden in late spring, young plants are a better option than seeds. Of course, young plants and flowers that are already a few inches tall are usually more expensive than seeds. But going with young plants means you have more time to enjoy the appearance of your garden. Take a stroll through your local farmers' market to choose a selection of young flowers or plants that can add instant beauty to your garden.

Create a Container Garden

Consider using young plants in a container garden. A container garden is a great idea if you live in an apartment or a home with very little space for a traditional garden. A wooden crate brimming with colorful viola plants is one idea. A collection of marigold plants in a window box or hanging pot would add brilliant color to the area around your home or apartment. A barrel planter full of pink and purple petunias is another simple way to dress up a patio or balcony.

For even more fun, add some herbs, fruits, and veggies to your container garden. Thyme, mint, rosemary, oregano, and sage are popular occupants of many container gardens because they are so easy to grow. Some excellent fruits for your container garden include strawberries, tomatoes, figs, and blueberries. Spinach, chard, onions, and beans are a few vegetables that are easy to grow in containers. Some vegetables grow better when they are paired together. Looking at a companion planting chart is a good idea before choosing veggies for your container or traditional garden. Just think of all the delicious salads you could make!

Plant Seeds You Can Enjoy in the Fall

Think about planting some vegetables now that you can enjoy in late summer and fall. Carrots and radishes are two veggies to plant in your late-spring garden. Other vegetables ideal for a late-spring garden include sugar snap peas, zucchini, Swiss chard, kale, cucumbers, squash, and broccoli.

Plant Summer Flowering Bulbs

Begonias, bearded iris, and allium bulbs can all be planted in the spring so they can flower in late summer. Gladiola corms are another option for your late spring garden. I suggest you set aside a portion of your garden for these bulbs. Just imagine what a pleasant surprise it will be to see all of the blooming colors appear in late summer!

Remember, you still have time to create an imaginative, attractive garden you can enjoy. Try planting some flowers, vegetables, or herbs you aren't familiar with to challenge your growing skills! Who knows? They may make their way onto the list of plants you grow every year. Thanks for reading. - Alan

 

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