Friday, February 17, 2012

Just Around the Corner

(Prunus serrulata) Photograph By Paul Gellatly

Spring is just around the corner.  Before you know it the bulbs will begin to grow, the buds on the trees will start to open, and a new season, full of life and colour will be upon us.  There are many things you can be doing now to prepare for the upcoming season.  Start making a list of things you'd like to accomplish this year... maybe its putting in a rose garden, a vegetable garden, a water feature; or removing overgrown foundation plantings, and rejuvenating the curb appeal of your home. In an apartment or condo, it could be having balcony boxes, or terraces that you can enjoy with your family and friends.
Photograph by Paul Gellatly
Photograph by Paul Gellatly
Another thing you might consider is starting some seeds indoors.  Growing plants from seed can save you quite a bit of money, be very rewarding, and provide different varieties of plants than you will have buying ready grown plants from a nursery.  

In previous blogs I have discussed seed catalogues as a source to buy seeds.  Another great source for seeds are the same nurseries and garden centres you buy your plants from in the spring.  Most of them will have a vast selection of seeds right now to choose from.  It is the perfect time to get started.  If you have never tried growing plants from seed, give it a try.  Starting seeds indoors can give you a jump start on the season to come.  
Photograph by Paul Gellatly

When picking out your seeds, make sure to read the seed packages carefully, they are full of information you will need to know about that plant, how and when to plant it, how tall it will grow etc.  Keep the colours of your garden in mind when choosing seeds, and pick ones that will enhance the beauty of your existing garden. Take a chance on a plant that you haven't tried before, after all... what have you got to lose?  

Photograph by Paul Gellatly
Next week I am starting back at a greenhouse I was lucky enough to get involved with last year.  This is the kick off to the 2012 season for me.  I work 4 different jobs in Horticulture throughout the season.  Which, over the course of the year, will provide lots of information for you through this blog.

Over the past 2 months, this blog has been viewed 2100 times in 36 countries!  What an amazing response.  I hope you are enjoying reading the blog as much as I have been enjoying writing it!  This blog has been read in Canada, United States, Russia, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Ukraine, Australia, France, Ireland, Italy, Argentina, Mexico, Poland, United Arab Emerates, Kuwait, Puerto Rico, Netherlands, Peru, Brazil, Latvia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Romania, Myanmar (Burma), India, Norway, Bulgaria, Hungary, Estonia, Czech Republic, Turkey, South Korea, Belarus, Jamaica, and Malaysia.  
Photograph by Angel W.


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