The birds will start chirping and the bees will start buzzing soon! It’s time for us to go outdoors and start working on our gardens. If you are new to gardening and are planning to start your own veggie garden, we have some tips for you:
- Your garden should receive a minimum of 6 hours of sun per day, 8-10 hours is ideal
- Your garden should be located near your house (this will make you use it!)
- Your soil should be fertile and easy to till. Loose, well-drained loam are preferable; sandy and clay soils are fine as long as you add organic matter
- Avoid soggy soils that remain wet after it rains
- Your garden needs 1″ of water/week. Please water in addition to rain
- Your garden should have good air drainage- should be on high ground
- and the FUN part-plan what type of veggies you want to grow
- Start planting after the LAST frost date- April 13th
- Be prepared to dedicate half an hour of work per day to your garden
If a veggie garden isn’t your thing, you can plant a flower garden. Keep in mind to plant native species. Native species are accustomed to the soil, climate, and water conditions of their habitat. They will also require less maintenance than non-natives and will attract native species!
For a list of native flowers, ferns, grasses, rushes, and sedges visit the North Carolina Botanical Garden at UNC
For more information on gardening, please visit NC State Cooperative Extension site.