Spring Fever

ArtFire has just what the doctor ordered to help you start your warm weather garden.

If you are like most people, you get the itch to start working in the garden at the very first sign of Spring.  To me this is when I see my bulbs starting to sprout and my fruit trees have clusters of new buds ready to burst.  Unfortunately, these first signs of Spring do not always mean that the last frost is over. What does that mean for you and your garden?  It may not be the best time to plant new and tender plants. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t start prepping for the new season!

ArtFire hosts dozens of merchants who offer THOUSANDS of different types of plant seeds.  You can get a jump start on planting season by starting some new plants inside your home.

Before you decide on the best time to plant your new seeds, there are a few things you should consider.  First, where will your new seedlings be planted once they are put outside? If you don’t have a huge garden area, you probably don’t want to sprout 20 zucchini and 10 watermelons (unless you plan to give your seedlings as gifts!)  Second, what is your sun exposure? If your garden area has full sun you will be able to plant any number of summer fruits and veggies, but if you have a partial sun area, herbs may be a better bet for you.  The third thing to consider is your Zone.  The Zone you live in can help you determine when the best time to plant is based on average temperature.

Now the fun part… picking your seeds!  As we mentioned before, ArtFire merchants have tons of choices for you.  Here are some that we think you might like:

Strawberry and blueberry plants can last for years and give you pounds of fruit each season.  For some reason when you are able to pick your own fruit, it just tastes sweeter.

If you have the room, squash plants are a great addition to any vegetable garden.  The plants grow rapidly and produce a great deal of vegetables each week.

We have several varieties of tomatoes to choose from.  If you can, try a few different types as this diverse fruit comes in many shapes, sizes, and colors.

If you are looking to spice up your garden, we have just the thing- peppers!  Peppers also come in a wide array of colors and sizes (and spiciness) which make them not only useful, but decorative as well.

If you have a BIG area to dedicate to a single plant, watermelon would be a great choice.  They grow on vines that will sprawl across a large area, but the fruit makes it well worth the used space.

As we mentioned before, if you have an area that has partial shade, herbs are a great choice (although many herbs can take full sun as well.)  You have many options such as thyme, basil, sage, rosemary, fennel, and many, MANY more.

Growing fresh herbs, fruits, and veggies is a fun and rewarding thing to try!  We hope this Spring planting guide gives you some inspiration to start your garden!

Happy Planting!

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