How does your garden grow? Are you a spring veggie planter so you’ll have delicious salads galore for summer cookouts? Do you spend your winters hunkering down indoors with seeds that will turn into tasty spring fruits? Or maybe you just like brightening up your backyard with a garden full of kaleidoscopic flowers?
At TruGreen, we say: as long as you’re planting, you’re winning.
That’s why we’ve been suggesting some of our favorite crops and plants all year long as part of our #PlantThisNow series on Facebook. There’s never a bad time to garden; you just have to know which seeds thrive under different conditions. That’s why we’ve put all of our #PlantThisNow Gardening Guides into one post so you can plan ahead for a year-round garden of your dreams.
Check out the TruGreen Facebook page for more #PlantThisNow ideas, and head on over to TruGreen.com to learn how professional soil treatment can increase your garden’s bounty even more.
Are you getting apricot up in gardening? (See what we did there?) Springtime is the best time to introduce this delicious fruit to your collection.
Although apricot plants look and taste mighty good, they don't always play well with others.
Be careful not to grow them near tomatoes, peppers, potatoes or strawberries.
A pest repellent AND a flavor enhancer? It's not magic. It's basil.
Plant the herb in containers around your home to repel flies and mosquitoes. Add it to your Caprese Salad to attract hungry friends and family.
Start the seeds indoors 6 weeks before the last spring frost. Ensure your outdoor site gets 6 to 8 hours of full sun daily. Soil should be moist and well-drained.
Ready to start your spring garden? Now's the time to drop the beet!
Sorry, we had to make that joke.
Seriously, though, spring is the time to sow beets for an early summer treat high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber and potassium.
Got a shady part of your yard that needs a pop of color? Consider planting bleeding hearts.
Since they’re heart-shaped, you know they’re sensitive, so they require regular watering in organic soil (if possible). Make sure to plant them in a shady area in the fall or spring.
One of our favorite flowers (and one of the best bulbs to plant in spring): Calla Lilies!
They make for beautiful cut flowers and, depending on the variety, will bloom from June until August.
Pro Tip: Make sure to plant them after your last frost date.
If you’re craving that fresh vegetable crunch, you can’t go wrong with carrots. Just be careful - they can be tricky to grow!
First, make sure your soil isn’t too rocky and that you leave enough room between carrot seeds (usually about an inch). Then water, water, water! Carrot seeds need a lot of H2O.
Carrots can be planted in your garden from April through July. For a tasty one-two punch, mix radish seeds with carrot seeds so you won’t have to thin when you plant.
Cucumber, Pepper, Squash (Fruiting vegetables)
Is it heating up where you are? Fruiting vegetables are the best for high-temperature gardening. It's never too late to plant some cucumber, pepper, or squash seeds.
These bigger plants have bigger roots and love a good compost to grow around. So mulch it up!
Q: What spicy superfood can flavor food, help calm nausea AND is great to grow indoors in the winter?
Buy a chunk of it at the grocery store and cover it with soil in a container. Make sure the freshest-looking buds face up and place the container in indirect sunlight to help it grow.
Pro Tip: Keep the soil moist (not too dry or waterlogged) and you'll have ginger to enjoy all winter long.
Hot peppers love hot weather. Makes sense, right? If it’s beach weather, it’s pepper weather, so wait until daytime temps are between 65-80 degrees so your spicy crops can get plenty of sunlight.
The best way to grow hot peppers, like jalapeños, is by transplanting them to an outdoor garden from inside. Start the indoor seeding process seven to ten weeks before you plan on moving them outside. Once a pepper plant starts to grow, it pollinates quickly - just be sure to keep your soil mulched and moist.
Hybrid Tea Roses
Want everything to come up roses when the weather warms up? Us, too! That’s why we’re planting hybrid tea roses in the spring.
Our tip: choose a variety for your climate and zone. If your summers are humid, look for a type that’s mildew resistant. If your summers are dry, look for heat tolerance and tough root systems.
The perennial every gardener wants in the spring: Iris!
Not only is this tall beauty a hardy, reliable, and easy-to-grow flower, it also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.
Make sure to give them at least half a day of sun, and well-drained soil to help them thrive.
Lettuce enjoy cooler temperatures by introducing leafy greens into fall gardens. Prep your soil by keeping it moist and fertile with organic mulch a week before you start sowing.
Why grow lettuce at home? It’s better for you than the supermarket version! Garden lettuce is full of Vitamin A and is a great source of calcium, among other nutrients.
Pro Tip: Plant rows of garlic between lettuce to act as a barrier wall for pests.
Give mom a gift that lasts longer than a bouquet: plant her lilacs!
These beauties symbolize the love between a mother and child. Lilacs are also hardy, easy to grow and low maintenance (just like you as a child, right?).
We love the taste of fresh herbs all year round! Growing herbs indoors while temperatures drop will keep them happy until you can plant outside again.
One of our favorites: Parsley!
We like to grow it from seeds or dig up a clump from the garden. The herb likes full sun, but will grow slowly in an east or west-facing window.
Peonies are a perfect pick for a first-time spring gardener. These happy flowers are far from fussy, and thrive on little water and lots of sunlight.
One of our favorite plants to help us get through cold and flu season to spring is peppermint.
It’s easy to grow indoors during the winter and the leaves can help fight fever. Just wash and tear a few leaves, add to your teapot and pour boiling water over them.
One of our garden favorites? Fresh, crisp peppers.
We like to plant as many as possible because of how little space they take and the high yields they produce when planted close together.
Insider tip: Start seeds indoors for best results, about 6-8 weeks before your last freeze date.
Bring the garden indoors during the winter with one of the easiest-to-grow houseplants: a pothos plant!
This leafy wonder can really help you go green. It's got air-purifying abilities that can absorb toxins from the materials around your home (i.e. the carpet). It also thrives in a variety of lighting conditions, perfect during winter's unpredictable weather.
It's time to spill the beans... in your garden!
Beans grow fast in warm soil, which makes summer a great time for planting. Runner Beans are some of our favs. #PlantThisNow
Oh, snap! Planting beans and snap peas in the spring will lead to a fruitful fall bounty.
For optimal growing conditions, wait until after frost is done for the season (or almost done, peas actually stand up to a little freeze very well!) and the soil temperature is at least 45 degrees. Peas like dry dirt, so there’s no need to over-water.
How do you make a sprout sprout? By playing it cool. These slow-growing but long-yielding veggies love a crisp fall breeze and even a light winter frost, so start planting them in the late summer.
Fun Fact: Sprouts are crazy high in protein and amino acids that help strengthen your immune system. They also gain energy during the sprouting and soaking process.
Oh, how we love tomatoes. They’re bright, full of flavor and an excellent source of antioxidants... a garden staple for us!
Start by growing tomato seeds indoors, about 6-8 weeks before the last winter freeze.
What are your #PlantThisNow tips for growing a gorgeous garden? We’d love to know! Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.