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Get ready to garden: It’s the perfect time to plan, dream

Sun., Feb. 26, 2012

It won’t be long before the spring bulbs start brightening our garden beds. Now is the time to start planning your garden. (Susan Mulvihill)
It won’t be long before the spring bulbs start brightening our garden beds. Now is the time to start planning your garden. (Susan Mulvihill)

Are you ready to talk about gardening? Chances are, you’ve been thinking about it for months, which is a benefit of our long winters: They give us the time to plan, to dream and to renew our enthusiasm.

If your mailbox is like mine, it’s probably been overflowing with seed catalogs. After weeks of poring over them, I am excited to get the new season under way.

Every Sunday through the growing season this column will cover a wide variety of topics to help you get maximum enjoyment out of your garden. I want you to know that gardening is fun and easy. No matter how large or small your plots – or just pots – are, you can grow a garden.

I’ll discuss growing plants from seed, selecting beautiful annuals for a cut-flower garden, tracking down fabulous perennials to include in your garden, and growing your own veggies, berries and tree fruits. I’ll give you sneak peeks into outstanding local garden tours and I’ll continue my summer tradition of profiling local gardeners. That’s because I truly believe we can all learn from each other.

If you are looking for some educational opportunities, refer to the accompanying information box on upcoming classes. In addition, there are free fact sheets on a variety of gardening topics on the WSU Spokane County Master Gardeners’ website, spokane-county.wsu.edu/ spokane/eastside/index.htm. There are also local gardening events listed in the Home calendar in this section each week.

Next week, I’ll delve into the world of seed-starting. It really is simple once you’ve learned the basics and it will give you the ability to grow all sorts of unusual varieties of plants. Refer to the information box for a list of vegetables I’ll be starting from seed this year.

Susan Mulvihill can be reached via email at inthegarden@live.com. Visit her blog at susansinthegarden.blogspot.com for more gardening information, tips and events.


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