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Turn Your Thumbs Green This Spring

Vestavia Hills Woman Gardening in Her BackyardFresh spring gardens have often been described as a taste of heaven on earth. Not everyone, though, has the talent for making green things grow. Generally, we think of a green thumb as something of an inherent talent — a gift given at birth. That view just does not hold water. Healthy spring plants are the result of careful planning, good information, and dedication. Really, you can act on a few easy ways to develop your own green thumb so that you can have a good time experiencing the green beauty that springtime has to offer.

If you think growing spring plants is worth your time, maybe you should try investing in it. Don’t be put off by a lack of experience, or a lack of garden space. It doesn’t demand a lot of hard work or that you spend a lot of money just to grow beautiful spring plants to beautify your home. An easy place to get a good start on developing your green thumb is with container gardening.

Container gardening is growing spring plants in pots, wooden boxes, and other containers. As opposed to typical landscaping, with container gardening you can place a variety of flowering plants, vegetables, and even small trees in and around your home, patio, porch, and so on. Different heights and sizes of containers can make beautiful visual displays. A great detail to take note of is that if you should ever move, you can take your plants with you.

To get you started on the path to container gardening, you’ll need to acquire a few things– some basic supplies, the right amount of sun, and access to a water source. Combine that with a little basic gardening know-how, and you will be able to cultivate as much of a green thumb as you possibly can!

Needless to say, choosing the right plants to start with is also important. Some plants don’t need much to stay alive, so look for plants that are recommended for beginners. Take pansies, for example. They are great for beginners and they’re quite the colorful bunch, too! You might want to try planting these before jumping to anything else. Pansies are hardy, resilient flowers that handle cold weather well. They’re really great for sunny areas in the northern states, and for partially shady spots in the south. Consistency is key to getting those beautiful spring flowers right away– feed them and water them on a regular basis.

Flowers are not the only easy plants for new gardeners to grow. If you like fresh herbs, consider growing basil or mint. Both basil and mint are really easy to grow and maintain and mature quickly. If not regularly monitored, mint can be invasive because of how quickly it develops. This is why it works particularly well for container gardening or for areas of the yard edged by walkways or driveways.

If you want to try growing vegetables, start with low-maintenance plants like onions, lettuce, or beans. These plants tend to grow well in a lot of different climates and aren’t too picky about soil conditions. It’s wise to buy seedlings instead of seeds to get your plants going. Seedlings are good for beginners because they are already acclimated to the growing conditions of your area. If you go with seedlings, it will be less worrying on your end to try to keep them healthy throughout the growing season.

Once you are ready to branch out a little, start adding to your spring garden a plant or two at a time. Trying to go too big or do too much is a recipe for failure. Rather, create a plan for your gardening venture — know when and where to expand. Throughout the preparation, take into account what resources and tools you have available, what you might need to buy, and what kind of plants will thrive in your climate. A good idea would be to consider where you live, especially when choosing what kind of plant to grow. Choose varieties that are a good fit for your area. This will ensure growing green and healthy plants. The diversity in plants speaks of the different needs they have. Make no mistake though, they all need the right nutrients and temperature to survive. Native plants are uniquely suited to certain climates, resulting in them thriving in their locality.

Though it may seem challenging at first, developing a green thumb this spring can be made easy and also be very rewarding. Organize your thoughts and stick to your game plan; this could be the start of your very own green thumb, where you get to enjoy the fresh greenery of the season, all-around your home.

At Real Property Management Victory, we can help you find the perfect Vestavia Hills rental home for you and your plants. View our available rentals and give us a call at 205-793-0700 to schedule a showing today.

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