The next month may be the most important of the gardener’s year.
There is much to be accomplished in flower gardens and vegetable beds. Rush ahead with some things and you risk disappointment. Delay other tasks and the window of opportunity slams shut.
At the moment, people who don’t even think of themselves as gardeners get wrapped up in selecting tomato plants, debating the merits of one variety over another and making precise plants for the layout of their flower beds and vegetable gardens.
Even if you aren’t that gung-ho, there is much to be accomplished in the next four or five weeks.
So let’s get organized for prime time in the garden this spring. We’ve waited long enough.
An easy way to do this is to create three distinct time zones, each suited for accomplishing important tasks.
Time Zone 1
Bedding plants such as petunias, marigolds, million bells, pentas, periwinkle, verbena, geraniums, angelonia can also go into the ground or in pots. But don’t think the ship has sailed on the plants if you have to wait a few weeks for spring flowers to play out and be removed from beds and pots.
Time Zone 2
Start planting herbs such as thyme, rosemary, sage and parsley.
Determine your hottest, sunniest spot in flower beds and make a safe choice: tough but beautiful lantana, scarlet sage or sunflowers. Keep planting the annuals you started working with earlier this month, aiming for variety in bloom season, color and texture.
Time Zone 3