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March 22, 2019

The Phases of Your Garden

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Do you have your spring garden planned out yet? Now that it is officially spring, many homeowners are starting to plant flowers and a variety of other gorgeous plantings to usher in warmer weather. However, you shouldn’t just plant everything all at once! There’s a science to planting the right thing at the perfect time, and at JFC Grounds Maintenance, we’ve perfected it.

Start Seeds Indoors

It’s not too early to start seeds indoors before you transplant the seedlings outside. There’s a 30% probability of the ground being frost-free after April 13th in Maryland, so it’s best to wait until then to start outdoor-only planting. Now is the perfect time to start:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cantaloupe
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplants
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkins
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

Move Seedlings Outdoors

Some seedlings can already be planted outside, due to the hardier nature of the plants. You should always check the forecast for the upcoming week first, but all of the plants below should be perfectly fine being transplanted or planted outside today:

  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard Greens
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuces
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnips

It’s also a great time to complete your early-spring flower plantings. Lilies should be planted early in the spring. Wait to plant dahlias, cannas and begonias until after the danger of frost is over. Spring is also ideal for planting heathers, hybrid primroses and primulas to add seasonal pops of color. Start those flowers in pots that you can move indoors if needed due to low temperatures.

Wait for Warmer Weather

Many plants thrive in the warm summer sun, so you don’t want to get things started too early. What plants should you wait on when tending your summer garden?

  • Corn (mid-April)
  • Okra (late April)
  • Potatoes (early to mid-April)

Early summer is often the most beautiful time of year for gardens, as pelargoniums, petunias, verbena, fuchsias and begonias can all be moved outdoors for the season. All summer perennials will also begin to flower, and lilies will start to bloom in mid-summer.

Trust JFC Grounds Maintenance for Your Planting Needs

If you are interested in spring cleaning your landscape without lifting a finger, you can rely on our grounds keeping and gardening experts. Ready to get your yard in excellent shape? Give JFC Grounds Maintenance a call today at (410) 655-2887.