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Gardening Season is Here!

Categories: Gardening Tips, Helpful Hints | Posted: April 24, 2017

Spring has sprung and now is the time to start thinking about gardening. Whether you are wanting a backyard garden or a container garden, there is something for everyone.

In Middle Tennessee, the last frost is usually in the middle of April. Once the last frost has happened you are probably safe to start planting. However, if you are thinking about starting your indoor garden, now is a great time to do so. Some vegetables require a longer germination period than others so make sure you read the seed packet carefully.

There are several plants that love to be sowed indoors then transplanted. Some of these include: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, peppers and tomatoes. There are several ways you can do this, such as purchasing germination terrariums at your local plant supply store. However, it can be as easy as using a plastic cup, potting soil, seeds, and water. Simply fill cup with soil, dig a small hole at the depth according to the seed packet, add the seed, cover, water regularly and make sure they get plenty of sun. Once the plant has begun to grow and has done so for the allotted time in your home then it is time to transfer to your garden.

Some plants such as cherry tomatoes and peppers like to be grown in containers. This is great for people who don’t have a yard or simply only want to grow a few things. Just make sure the container has proper drainage, enough soil to germinate the plant, plenty of water and a little love and care. Many plants do best without being transplanted including, corn, beans, turnips, carrots and most root type vegetables.

A newer trend that has been popping up is to plant vegetables around your house to use as food as well as decorative landscaping. It is very practical and fun to do with the entire family. Plus the satisfaction of growing your own food is an added bonus.

Whatever you decide to plant this season, happy planting!

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Categories: Gardening Tips, Happy Homebuyer Testimonials, TN New Homes | Posted: April 21, 2015

flower people

We have all heard the joke; “If April showers bring may flowers then what do Mayflowers bring?!…. PILGRIMS!”  But in Middle Tennessee it is also time to start preparing for the natural beauty that is on its way! Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when preparing for those May flowers.

  • Keep weeds under control.
  • Be prepared for cold snaps at night. Use newspapers or sheets to protect seedlings.
  • Stake perennials before they get too tall.
  • Sow hearty annuals and herb seeds.
  • Finish pruning roses. Remove dead and diseased wood first. Hybrid teas can be cut back hard, to a new shoot.
  • Feed hungry shrubs and roses.
  • Cut your grass every 5 to 7 days to keep it looking well kept.

Planting Flowers

Finally, pour a large glass of sweet tea and sit back and wait for the beauty to bloom!