5 Sites for a Last-Minute Garden

May 18, 2010
by Sarah Amandolare
If you've put off the planning, planting and weeding that come with springtime gardening, fear not! We've selected Web sites to help you put together a last-minute garden. You'll find advice for which plants bloom in your zone, and how to get your soil in shape.

Prepping Your Plot

The National Gardening Association is full of advice for a range of planting issues. Scroll down to the "Reference" section to find out which zone you live in, and which plants are suitable there. Then take a look at this feature article on "Preparing a New Garden Plot," which explains how to create a welcoming environment for your new plants, and lists the tools and materials needed to do so. Some of the items, such as the soil testing sample kit, can perhaps be done without, but the information will give you a basic framework to begin with.

Last-Minute Tips

The Nest has advice for assimilating your last-minute springtime garden, which is possible even if you haven't planted a single bulb or perennial. The article explains what to look for at the greenhouse; how to accommodate your flora selections with soil, water and fertilizer; and finally where to place your plants to achieve an appealing, professional-looking garden design.

Gardening in May

The University of Minnesota Arboretum covers gardening in May, offering specific tips for each week of the month; for example, it's a good idea to fertilize flowers and roses during the second week of May. Also glean advice for maintaining specific plants: Find out which flowers need extra support and which need extra pruning. And learn which fruits, vegetables, blooms and flowering trees should be planted this month.

The Garden Helper shares May-specific gardening advice applicable to the northern United States that's general enough to be utilized by other areas. Learn which flowering bulbs can still be planted before June arrives, and which flowering summer perennials can still thrive if planted this month. Also get tips for dealing with the abundance of slugs and snails that arrive in May, and learn how to keep your houseplants healthy.

Herbal Remedy

Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow and maintain, require only a limited amount of space and can be used for cooking. FindingDulcinea's feature on Growing and Cooking with Herbs explains how gardening novices can get started planting herbs, either indoors or outdoors. You'll also learn which types of herbs to buy, how to select healthy herbs once you arrive at the greenhouse or nursery and how to enhance a variety of home-cooked dishes with herbs.

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