Spring garden goals are taking root with many of us who love to lawn and garden.
Designing a garden begins with a spring garden goals plan.
I dig (ha!) spring garden goals advice from one of the top sources of info, Better Homes and Gardens.
8 Vegetable Garden Layout Plans to Boost Your Homegrown Harvests supplies oodles of summer and spring garden goals plans.
Illustrations by Gary Palmer
Knowing what to and when to plant according to the area you live aka your planting zone gets things to growing.
Here’s the link to the USDA Planting Zone Map for U.S. Growing Zones.
Balance of nature best describes the early planting vs. late seasonal frost dilemma we face here in Louisiana and our neighboring states.
Safe bet vegetables to plant in March and April (early spring) include corn, cucumber, summer squash, tomatoes, radish, lima beans, mustard and collard greens, eggplant, cushaw, okra, snap beans and watermelon.
Establishing what veggies to plant is easy, gardenistas!
Plant what you love to eat.
Crisp, colorful with the taste of home grown goodness, vegetables fresh from the garden are ripe for the spring into summer grilling, roasting, stir-frying, sauteing and steaming season.
Successful vegetable garden growth is dependent upon well-drained soil.
Raised or planter box gardens tackle the excess water issue well allowing water to properly drain out of the bed.
Essential to the harvest, sunlight aids maximum growth in plants and flowers.
Factor this key component of garden growth success into the placement of your garden.
Good soil garners a good garden.
All-purpose garden soil establishes a good soil structure while aiding with drainage.
For raised bed or garden box gardens, potting soil is a good fit as it enhances soil and encourages moisture.
Be careful in the amount you use so the garden will not hold too much water.
Fresh vegetables steal the spring centerpiece show, and put the wow in unique and easy arrangements.
Grab a vintage pitcher, woven basket, mayonnaise jar, bucket or watering can.
Arrange to please your eye with greenery clippings, raffia, ribbon, or simply arrange to showcase the shapes and colors.
Decoristas who garden do so in stylish comfort.
Spring garden goals include a producing vegetable garden complete with flowers planted within for dimension and floral arrangement beauty.
Companion garden flowers perfect for planting in your vegetable garden include nasturtium, marigolds, zinnias, lavender, and catnip.
Carefully collect the flowers, placing spaced apart in a box or on a tray. Refrigerate flowers until ready to use.
When ready to use, gently wash off your gathered flowers including any garden variety debris. Next, remove the reproductive parts of the blooms which house pollen.
Decorate your selected salad, dish or dessert and enjoy!
Pansies offer loads of color, plant and prosper rather easily, and make a fantastic visual and flavorful splash when added to salads and spring desserts.
Color plays a vital role in everything from the palette to plate to potting bench.
Benjamin Moore supplies garden green colors inspiration.
DIY potting bench table project ideas are plentiful, and here’s another one to ponder.
Befitting the overall outdoor garden vibe, I find a rustic style table in your choice of height and finish a good fit.
Add gardening theme wall hooks to the apron of the table (front, back, sides) to hang and house garden tools, supplies, and the like.
Turn this helping hands planter into a potting bench container perfect for housing garden supplies.
Planting, potting, and playing in the dirt is good clean fun, but messy all the same.
Drop in a hammered copper sink, plumb it all up, and say hello to my little anything but garden-variety potting bench friend.
How fabulous are these personalized planting tools in a copper and wood grain finish?
Easter basket goody for the gardenista.
No yard, no problem.
Plant and pot veggies and herbs in a decorative planter.
My mint harvest is a treat for the senses.
Iced tea with mint.
Green peas with mint.
Carrots with mint.
Mint sprigs floating in a bowl.
Looks, tastes, and smells like spring into summer.
Another centerpiece idea in play with your food fashion.
Prince Fairy Frog lends a helping hose holder hand and a bit of whimsy to your spring garden goals.
Get to Growing
As I sliced into a fresh tomato this afternoon the freshness jumped off the cutting board.
This tomato smells so good brings the tomato lovers running.
In our house the perfect tomato sandwich is a spring into summer delicacy.
Fresh sliced home grown tomatoes, Duke’s mayonnaise, a dash of salt and a sprinkle of fine black pepper- it doesn’t get any better.
Heirloom Tomato Ricotta Tart recipe from Foolproof Living
Indulge in fresh vegetables featured in delicious recipes perfect for the best of the season menu.
Click on the link under each photo for the recipe.
Season seasonal dishes and drinks with the fresh taste of spring and summer herbs fresh from your garden.
Get it growing activities work up a mighty thirst.
Roll out this patio cooler to the garden, pop or twist a top, and enjoy a cool beverage while taking in the fruits and vegetables of your labor.
Gardening is a beloved tradition of master and amateur gardener, an exercise in fruitful happiness.
Container, patio or parcel of fertile ground, what are your spring garden goals?