When to begin spring planting

The days are longer, and the sun is out. Four days into spring, and if you plan on having greenery around your home now is the time to prepare.

Especially start planting things like trees, shrubs, and cold weather vegetables like cabbage and lettuce now. But that’s just planting. It’s even more important to prepare for other plants. And especially with the sunshine, people are taking advantage of it.

Wilma Mathis makes her seasonal trips to the nurseries around town. But she’ll only accept the best looking blackberry bushes. She says the best time to start her shopping, “When its kinda sunny not muddy.” Because when it comes to her garden, Mathis says everything has to be right. She says it’s all about the feeling when she finally sees her plants, “When you see that garden come up. You’ve accomplished a lot.”

James Sanders Nursery owner, Crystal Sanders, says the snow caused her business to start slow. But when the sun comes out she knows she can count on more customers. Sanders says, “Everybody’s itching now that we’ve gotten some sunshine; everybody is ready to get out in their yard because they’ve been cooped up all winter long.”

Sanders says it’s important to take advantage of the sunlight now ahead of any freeze, even if that means keeping your plants in pots because then they’ll be ready to plant when we get warmer weather. 

And as for Mathis, getting her blackberries ready is all about the sweet pay-off in the end. She says, “You better believe it. Them biscuits and blackberries. Raspberry jam that’s great.”

Sanders says another thing that you should do, trim your rose bushes. You can still trim them, but do it now. She says we’re in the last few days and weeks in the window where you should do that.

And if you have a question of when you should transfer your potted plants, remember ‘Derby Day in May’. Sanders says it’s an easy way to remember when during the year you should move those potted plants into the yard.

There is fear of a freeze later this week, but as long as you cover your plants, they should be fine.

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