Plain Gardening: Plantasia Spring 2014

Plain Gardening: Plantasia Spring 2014

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It’s spring planting time! 

Some folks say that they don’t do well with plants, and I’m often one of them.  But Bill Finch says that—in this part of the world—anyone can grow plants and do it well…in fact, the plants can usually fend for themselves if you follow three simple steps.

1) Use lots of organic matter (composted leaves and grass) in your soil.

2) Grow plants that naturally do well in our climate.

And 3) Plant at the right time.

Bill talks about organic matter in soil all the time, so we won’t revisit that here, other than to say you simply pile up leaves and wait 4-6 months for your soil.  Or you can buy some.

Growing the right plants is where Plantasia comes in.  It’s one of the biggest and best outdoor plant sales in the southeast.  Local growers bring their best to Mobile Botanical Gardens today and tomorrow.  These are plants that DO WELL HERE.  The variety is incredible:  flowers, tropicals, native azaleas, fruit trees, berries, ornamentals and on and on.

So, how do you know if it’s the right time, or if your new plant needs sun or shade or some special attention?  Well, the grounds of the Plantasia sale at Mobile Botanical Gardens will be chock-ful of Master Gardener experts ready to help you.

To top it all off, proceeds help keep the Mobile Botanical Gardens open and beautiful.  Find out more at mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

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