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Turn Your Thumbs Green This Spring

Wimberley Woman Gardening in Her BackyardA fresh spring garden is not only refreshing, but it also provides an invigorating experience. But, it’s quite rare to find someone who has the innate capability to make green things grow. Most of us hold to the view that a green thumb is an inherent talent — an innate gift only for certain people. That view just does not hold water. Healthy spring plants are the result of careful planning, good information, and dedication. Allow us to suggest a few easy ways to develop your own green thumb so that you can delight in the green beauty that springtime has to offer.

Curious about growing spring plants? Give it a try! You shouldn’t be put off by a lack of experience or of garden space. It doesn’t require a lot of hard work nor do you need to spend a lot of money to grow beautiful spring plants in your own home. Container gardening is an easy place to get you and your green thumb started, especially if you have little to no experience.

Container gardening is growing spring plants in pots, wooden boxes, and other containers. It’s not the same as normal landscaping. With container gardening, you can place a variety of flowering plants, vegetables, and even small trees in and around your home, patio, porch — anywhere, really. Different heights and sizes of containers can make beautiful visual displays. Also, if you should ever move, you won’t have to worry about your plants because you can take them with you!

If you feel like you’re ready to commit to this, you’ll need a few things to get started. Make sure you get some basic supplies, the right amount of sun, and access to a water source. Combine your knowledge with a little basic gardening know-how and you’ll be ready to start cultivating as much of a green thumb as you can imagine.

Naturally, choosing the right plants to start with is also important. Some plants are a bit less challenging to maintain than others, so look for plants that are recommended for beginners. For instance, planting pansies first might be a good suggestion for starters. Pansies are hardy, resilient flowers that handle cold weather well. They’re really great for sunny areas in the northern states, and for partially shady spots in the south. Even if they don’t require too much care, beautiful spring flowers need to be fed and watered on a regular basis. If you stick to a routine of doing so, you’ll be seeing those beauties bloom right away.

Flowers are not the only easy plants for new gardeners to grow. If you like fresh herbs, consider growing basil or mint. Both basil and mint are really easy to grow and maintain and mature quickly. The rate at which mint develops is so fast that it can be invasive. Best to check it every now and then so as to avoid this. This is why it works particularly well for container gardening or for areas of the yard edged by walkways or driveways.

If you want to try growing vegetables, start with low-maintenance plants like onions, lettuce, or beans. These plants tend to grow well in a lot of different climates and aren’t too picky about soil conditions. Don’t forget to buy seedlings instead of seeds to get your plants going. Seedlings are good for beginners because they are already acclimated to the growing conditions of your area. This means less stress on your part to keep a close watch on them throughout the growing season.

Once you are ready to branch out a little, start adding to your spring garden a plant or two at a time. Trying to go too big or do too much is a recipe for failure. Rather, create a plan for your gardening venture — know when and where to expand. During the period of making plans, look into what resources and tools you have available, what you might need to buy, and what kind of plants will thrive in your climate. Always remember to study your chosen location — this allows you to choose varieties that are a good fit for your area, leading to the growth of green and healthy plants. If you want your plants to thrive, make sure they have access to the right nutrients and temperature. Native plants are more likely to thrive due to the fact that they are uniquely suited to certain climates.

Developing a green thumb this spring can be easy, and your efforts would be rewarded. Given sufficient time and experience, you could very well be on your way towards enjoying the fresh greenery of the season, all-around your home.

At Real Property Management Longhorn, we can help you find the perfect Wimberley rental home for you and your plants. View our available rentals and give us a call at 512-580-3099 to schedule a showing today.

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