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It’s Spring And Time To Garden!

It is Spring And Time To Garden!
It is Spring And Time To Garden!

So it’s spring. The snow has melted away and it’s started to rain a lot. Buds are sprouting on trees and the first signs of green can be seen. You’ve been waiting all year for this moment when you can once again return to your favorite stress reducing hobby: gardening. As it is spring, there are some things to remember to keep your garden looking fresh and well manicured! Let the growing season begin!

It’s time to clear out the garden. Rake any leaves and remove the debris. Loosen up the soil and get ready to plant your roses, shrubs, perennials, annuals and also get ready to prune those early blooming shrubs! Your soil is important. Without taking good care of your soil, having a garden is pointless.

Remember: perennials are your best friend. You won’t need to replant them every year and they’ll help your garden look beautiful and colorful in the spring and summer like you long for. Try choosing perennials that don’t require much maintenance such as staking or division.

Flower bulbs also add flair to your garden. They can add color, beauty and variety. Flower like tulips and daffodils look wonderful randomly added throughout your garden. Lots of people agree that tulips are the most beautiful flowers around! If you didn’t bother to plant any bulbs last spring, be sure to do it in the coming autumn.

Spring is also the most important time to attack those weeds! As they’re just starting to grow and bloom, this is the best time to attack because they have underdeveloped root systems and haven’t fully reproduced yet. Getting a grip on your garden’s weed problems in spring will be a savior in summer when otherwise your garden would be covered with these horrible things!

Enjoy and remember: color, variety and beauty!

Garden Media Group Premieres Plants & Products for Spring 2018

Garden Media Group Premieres Plants & Products for Spring 2018
Garden Media Group Premieres Plants & Products for Spring 2018

The best way to welcome Spring with open arms is to get outside and dig in the garden. To get you excited for Spring, Garden Media Group has released its 2018 Garden Superstars for Spring!

Here is Garden Media’s list of Garden Superstars for Spring 2018.

Garden Food on Wheels. Composting enriches soil, saves water and reduces landfill waste. The easiest way for beginners to have success is through the Back Porch compost tumbler ($199 for a limited time). Perfect for small gardens, it can make compost in as little as 4-6 weeks. The wheels make for easy and lightweight transport.

Free compost starter kit ($60 value) for a limited time. Available at

Summer Bulb of 2018. Plant an explosion of fragrance and color this spring with lilies. As the 2018 Summer Bulb of the Year, their dazzling appearance will add sparkle to any garden. Lilies thrive in containers, make great gifts for spring holidays and make great cut flowers ($1.99-8.99).

Visit your local garden center to find summer flowering bulbs. For more information, visit

Better Houseplants. Help houseplants thrive by using The Espoma Company’s line of liquid indoor plant foods ($6.99). The liquid concentrates come in a colorful 8 oz. bottle with a user-friendly cap that measures just the right amount of plant food to provide beautiful results without waste.

The collection provides essential nutrients for all of your favorite indoor plants including houseplants, orchids, African violets, and cacti and succulents. And the New Insect! spray and Shine! leaf polish keeps plants looking their best. For more information, visit

A Cut Above the Rest. Gardeners know that a well pruned plant not only looks better and blooms more, but it is healthier too. Having sharp tools that cut through branches easily make pruning a snap with Centurion Brand tools. Their new Pro-Adjustable bypass pruner ($14.99) features adjustable large or small grip sizes for cutting branches up to 1-inch thick. With just a flip of the switch, you can be snipping thinner or heavier branches easily. Perfect for a variety of cutting and pruning jobs, it features precision ground high carbon steel blades that are non-stick for smooth cutting.

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Planning Your Patio Garden

Planning Your Patio Garden
Planning Your Patio Garden

A patio can be a wonderful place to relax during the warm days of spring, summer and autumn; or all year if you live in warmer climes. At times when the lawn may be too wet or even muddy, the solid floor of a patio means you can sit outside even after heavy rain and make the most of the fresh air, and visual pleasure of your garden. You can even turn your patio into a patio garden to make it more interesting.

You can turn the plainest of patios into a patio garden with the good use of containers or outdoor planters. If you are starting from nothing, and designing and building (or having designed and built) a completely new patio, then it is worth giving the garden aspect of the patio some forethought.

The reason for the pre-planning is that you have an opportunity to create something very special with little extra expense beyond the foundation work and the patio floor. Here are just a few thoughts to build in at the design stage, so your patio garden can be more than just a flat area of paving slabs.

Color Scheme for the Patio

When planning a new patio it is best to consider the colour scheme beyond just the colour of the paving slabs. If you want a patio garden, then you will need containers to grow plants in. Try to be sure that you can obtain containers or planters which blend well with the colour of the slabs. For example, light brown paving slabs above may look very nice, but are not so easy to blend in naturally with surroundings, or find complementary planters for.

Natural grey stone, on the other hand, is much easier to find suitable planters for, and can have a much more natural appearance in the garden.

That is not to say paving slabs other than grey cannot be used, but just bear in mind the rest of the decor you will need to fit in to make your patio garden attractive.

Consider Height

As with many aspects of garden design, height is important when planning a patio garden. This can be achieved in a number of ways, which can all be used at the same time. Here are some examples:

1. Consider having a wall around the patio, on which you can put a few containers. On a patio or terrace, columns and balusters can be very attractive, and add a distinctive style.

2. Consider having a covered or partly covered patio. That gives you the opportunity to not only provide shade and cover, but allow for trellis on one side. That way you can grow climbing plants on the patio which add that all important height to the patio garden.

3. Choose some high containers that will immediately contrast with your smaller containers.

4. Choose some tall growing plants and container suitable shrubs, to contrast with the low growing and trailing plants.

Consider Your View and Adjacent Garden

It is best not to design the patio in isolation, but consider it in conjunction with the view you would most like to see. This means that the positioning is especially important, as are the garden design considerations in the surrounding garden.

For example, if you want sweet smelling plants to fill your senses on a warm evening, you can plant them next to the patio. Or, if you want a private area in which to sit, some taller shrubs outside the patio in that area may provide you with just that.

By using a combination of the above features, you can develop a patio garden that will be a pleasing and impressive feature of your garden overall, and also be a great place to relax on those balmy sunny days. Try to visualize it in full before starting work on construction, and your garden patio could end up as your dream garden patio.