Simply7’s Tips for Planting This Spring

Garden/Allotment
Garden/Allotment (Photo credit: tricky (rick harrison))

We’ve pulled some of our favorite plants to add to your garden this spring. From fresh veggies to herbs, nothing beats fresh produce from your own backyard. Don’t have a green thumb? No problem, we’ve listed only the easiest plants to grow (and keep alive) just for you!

Veggies to Grow:

Tomatoes

With minimum water and a lot of sun tomato plants can grow and last you all summer long. An easy time- saving way to begin your own tomato garden is to head over to your local nursery or home improvement store and buy a starter plant.

Tomato Plant
Tomato Plant (Photo credit: jayneandd)

Cucumbers

Fresh cucumbers straight from the garden are a cool delight on a hot day. These dark, slender fruits are must-haves for every garden! You can pickle them or slice them right into a salad. They are able to grow in many different kinds of soil. They need a moderate amount of water and some sun.

Herbs to Grow:

Given the prices some markets charge for small quantities of herbage, growing them yourself will save a whole lot of money. You can’t beat the grow-it-yourself bang for buck ratio.

Mint

Mint plant - now flowering

Both spearmint and peppermint literally grow like weeds. Keep in mind that a lot of spearmint is required to produce the same minty effect as peppermint, so if you’re growing it indoors, where space is limited and harvesting is frequent, peppermint is the better option. Start your peppermint plant with seeds—not root or leaf cuttings—in a small pot full of potting soil. Peppermint will thrive in shade, but make sure it’s in a spot where it gets at least a little bit of light each day.

Cilantro

Cilantro herbs are rich in antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, and dietary fiber, which helps reduce LDL or bad cholesterol while increasing HDL “good cholesterol levels”. They require full sun or light shade in southern zones since it bolts quickly in hot weather. It grows best in a well-drained, moist soil. Cilantro plants should be spaced about 6 to 8 inches apart. Cilantro is best grown by directly planting seed.

Cilantro

Sunny Smile Sunflowers

Try planting this exotic yet beautiful flower this spring. This particular sunflower does not give off pollen which is a plus for anyone that suffers from allergies. They also make great indoor plants as well.  They require full sun, and dry-moist soil.

sunflowers
sunflowers (Photo credit: autumnal_hedge)

 

 

 

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