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Plant Early Spring Bloomers for Pollinators

Pollinators and the flowers that attract them live together in a mutually beneficial relationship. Flowers attract pollinators to ensure pollination; pollinators seek out flowers for lunch. After a long winter, the first spring flowers emerge from the soil offering sustenance to early risers. To establish a resident pollinator population in the landscape, provide the earliest… Continue reading Plant Early Spring Bloomers for Pollinators

Annuals · Container Gardening · Vegetable Gardening

Vegetables add pizzazz to spring containers.

When planning spring container gardens and window boxes, flowers are often considered first. There is certainly nothing surprising about that. After long gray winters, the cool-season annuals are irresistible. Alyssum, diascia, nemesia, pansies, snapdragons, stock and violas practically jump onto carts at local garden centers. Go ahead, choose flowers first. Immerse yourself in the colors… Continue reading Vegetables add pizzazz to spring containers.

Annuals · Container Gardening · Vegetable Gardening

Plant edible flowers.

Every year, I like to try new things in the garden: plants never grown before, innovative methods of gardening, fresh plant combinations, and more. This year, I plan to grow and use a large variety of edible flowers. Since I plan to grow them alongside vegetables in containers on my sun-drenched deck, I will look… Continue reading Plant edible flowers.