It's almost time for spring planting; get tips from an expert - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/8/10

It's almost time for spring planting; get tips from an expert

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's almost time for spring planting. Cindy Sparkman with Sparkman's Nursery in Lubbock says folks do need to wait to plant annuals until after the average last freeze. She says that date is typically April 15th. Sparkman says Thursday's cold temperatures shouldn't hurt perennials that are already in bloom.

If you're looking for annuals to plant this season, Sparkman says Geraniums, Salvias, Alyssums, and different ground covers are great for our region. If you're thinking water-wise, Sparkman says Salvias, and Silverado Sage are great. She also says folks can incorporate Yuccas into their plantings to be water conscious.

If you're looking for trees, Sparkman says now is the time to plant those. She recommends amending the soil with compost first by combining it with the soil you've dug out for the tree. It will loosen and enrich the soil to provide for healthy growth. Sparkman uses Back to Nature Compost which is made in Lubbock.

Sparkman says home vegetable and herb gardens are becoming increasingly popular on the South Plains. She says okra does great, even in container gardens, as do tomatoes, and peppers. In fact, she says almost anything you can grow in the ground can be grown in containers of any size. Watering for vegetable gardens is about the same as watering for flower beds according to Sparkman. She does suggest using compost or other fertilizers in vegetable and herb gardens to promote healthy growth.

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