QUINCY, Ill. — Now that spring temperatures have returned, it's time to start thinking about preparing your spring gardens.
Bergman Nursery president Todd Friye says there are plants that will survive this late winter planting.
Perennials, trees, shrubs, from now on we're fine," said Friye.
The growing season is just a few weeks away now, that means it's time to start thinking about preparing your garden.
Well, start now. Obviously cleaning up any debris from last year. Anything that's left over, any old leaves, get those cleaned out," said Friye.
If you have a severe case of spring fever, there are plants that can be planted today.
For planting outdoors, it sort of depends on what plant material your talking about. So, if you're talking about trees and shrubs that are hardy, as long as the ground's not frozen and the plants haven't started leafing out, in other words they are still dormant, you can plant at any time," said Friye.
While it's still too early to plant outdoors for sensitive plants, there are a few common mistakes that are made in a first-time garden.
Probably the biggest thing in gardening for vegetables and herb, things like that, is just making sure: number one the area you choose gets enough sunlight. Four to six hours of sunlight is the ideal amount for a vegetable or herb garden. Second, is drainage," said Friye.
There is a benefit from sowing your own seeds.
So, if you got an opportunity to start the seeds indoors you can certainly get a jump started on things by starting them early inside, said Friye.
For a garden staple like tomatoes or peppers, you might want to wait before planting.
You are looking at late April, for a time frame on those. Whereas your peas, spinach, and leeks; those are early season. Now, a week from now, a couple of weeks from now," said Friye.
A good rule of thumb for all plants is to wait until Mother's Day, when the threat of freezing temperatures greatly diminishes.