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Spring will welcome warm weather and a flurry of gardening excitement with forever new products and plant selections. Have a well thought out plan in hand as you venture outside, and take advantage of local plant sales like those at Ag Day, on the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources' campus, to select plants appropriately.
Amidst blustery winds, cold temperatures and potentially snow covered landscapes, spend the quiet winter months planning to improve your garden. Be prepared in late winter and early spring, when the snow slowly melts away to reveal the early growth of bulbs, perennial plants and the eventual blooms of flowering trees and shrubs, to work effectively in your garden.
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particularly careful to choose and plant more compact varieties (often labeled as well suited for container growing) and place your containers, on your stoop, porch, deck, or in the garden, where they'll receive enough sunlight and have easy access to water. Containers do dry out quickly and require slightly more attention.
edible plants that you choose to grow. Whether you decide to designate a separate space for your edible plants or create space in your ornamental beds, growing edible plants is rewarding and satisfying.
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Gardening with edible plants means producing your own food. It's a great way to better understand how food is produced, to control the environment in which your food is grown and to ensure peak freshness. It's gratifying to open your door, walk into the garden and pick fresh strawberries or ripe tomatoes from their vine.
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To learn more to "grow your own", the Delaware Master Gardeners are planning several vegetable gardening workshops for January and February, 2014, at the Extension Office on the University of Delaware campus, 461 Wyoming Road. Additionally, the Master Gardeners maintain a demonstration garden at the Extension Office where they are currently experimenting with techniques to extend the growing season; stop by and take a look.
This year, while shopping, consider edible plants. Edible plants are multifunctional; they are attractive, and at the same time, produce fruits and vegetables Adidas Pullovers For Women
for your use. Take a look at your landscape; do you already have edible plants? Fruit trees? Black walnut, serviceberry, or paw paw trees? Blueberry or chokeberry shrubs? Raspberries or blackberries? Your garden may already offer more than you've realized. Identify what you have, and then add more.
Depending on the vigor of the plant, you might decide to use the support of strong ornamental plants, allowing the vines to carefully grow up and throughout, and produce fruit in your garden. Or, use containers. For example, brightly colored sweet peppers grow well, and provide pizzazz, in containers on your back porch, while the colorful blooms and fragrant foliage of herbs are easily incorporated into any design.
Use edible plants in a variety of ways. Designate a space solely for growing edible plants, like a vegetable garden or a berry patch. Inter plant your ornamental garden with attractive edible plants. For example, try inter planting your ornamental garden beds with attractive, low maintenance, and reliable vegetables and herbs. Herbs like dill, basil, oregano and rosemary are attractive and also tend to attract important beneficial insects to the garden to help discourage insect pests.
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