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Gardening Season Begins in Our Region

May 14, 2019 09:47 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- After a seemingly endless winter, life is finally returning to our region. Experts say the gardening season has officially begun.

Usually, Mother's Day signals the start of the planting season. However, with last weekend’s overnight lows, Jim Whiting Nursery and Garden employees were telling people to hold off. With this week’s warm up though, they're saying it's time. “I think you could plant just about anything right now because of the 10 day forecast ahead,” said Owner, Jim Whiting. “Stay away from vine crops like cucumbers and squash, they are really soft. Probably wait another week, week and a half [to plant those].”

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Whiting says a common misconception is how often people should water their plants. “People think you need to water every day,” he said. “You water when they need to be watered, which means quench their thirst. If you keep watering, it dampens off the roots and builds up a salt deposit.”

Over at Sargent’s on 2nd, Manager Scott Moon says when it comes to planting, location is everything. “The big thing is you are finding the right plants for the right areas,” he said. “Sun loving, shade loving, maybe partial sun.”

“Number two; you have to fertilize,” said Whiting. “We fertilize with every watering. A plant has to be fed. It's got to have nitrogen; that's going to give you color, and potash and phosphorus.”

Some trends to watch out for this year …

“A lot of people are using house plants outside,” said Moon. “Succulence are probably the number one big thing. Also, people are not afraid to mix colors when it comes to flower pots.”

“There's one plant I think everyone should have, it's a hummingbird magnet. It's called vermillionaire cuphea,” said Whiting.

Regardless of style or skill … “For a garden center businesses, it's like Christmas,” said Moon. “People are excited! They’re excited to get out in the yard and get some beautiful colors going.”

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