Getting Ready For The Gardening Season

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Spring is here and the gardeners are out.

While experts say it will be a few weeks before you can produce beautiful flowers like the ones you see in greenhouses, there are some things you can plant now.

"You can start planting things like beets, onions, spinach, lettuce, peas," said Sue Gwise of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County.

If you want to plant flowers, you may have to stick to violas and pansies for now.

Other flowers have a better shot starting in May.

"The plants need a lot of sunshine and warm days and warm nights to thrive and flower out. Hopefully it will get better, brighter, drier," said Katherine Cowan of Doctore's Greenhouses in Dexter.

Experts say this is the perfect time to start planting larger trees.

The key is to do your research so you know what tree is right for you.

For example, experts say the evergreen cedar tree is great for the city.

"They make a wonderful living fence, decorative in front of your house, but they must be protected from the wind and the deer," said Sonny Moody, owner of The Garden Center in the town of Pamelia.

If you're looking to get into gardening this year, experts say it's not rocket science.

There are a few simple things you can do to make sure everything goes right.

First, determine if the soil is good by squeezing it.

If it falls apart in your hand, you know it is just right.

You should also take out any debris in the dirt and use organic matter to nourish the soil.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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