Now is the time to start gardening

By Garrett Estrada

Ely Times Staff Writer

As the grass begins to grow turn greener and the whether begins to warm, Ely is finally feeling the effects of springtime. Just as the seasons change, so to do many people this time of year, spending more time outdoors and working on gardens. According to the Bath Lumber’s Head of the Lawn and Garden Department Sadie McVicars, now is the time to get out and get planting.

“Now is a good time to get your ground ready,” McVicars said. “You want to start your grasses right away or get your soils ready.”

With Mother’s Day right around the corner on May 11, McVicars said that anyone looking to make a home grown personal flower display for the holiday should start right away.

“People should be fertilizing right now,” McVicars said. “For Mother’s Day, we are looking to get in all kinds of hanging plants and different flower displays for those that don’t want to grow them themselves.”

But McVicars isn’t the only one encouraging people to get some sun and start up their own personal gardens. Television and radio host Melinda Myers, author of over 20 gardening books and horticulture columns, says that starting a garden can also help those looking to lead a healthier life.

“Don’t let a lack of time or space get in the way,” Myers said in her latest column, entitled “Grow a nutritious garden in a pot.” In it, she suggests planting a garden, even if it is just in a pot, to grow “nutritious vegetables and herbs.”

“All that is needed is some potting mix, fertilizer, plants and a container with drainage holes,” she said.

McVicars points out that all those tools, including soils, seeds, fertilizer and pots can be picked up at Bath Lumber. And for those that are looking for a starting a project a little to big to fit in a pot, she said Bath Lumber can rent out heavier machinery.

“We have thatchers because now is a great time to thatch out all the dad grass in your lawn,” McVicars said. “We have aerators to poke the holes in the ground, trench diggers for sprinkler systems. Most people don’t own this kind of equipment or can’t afford to shell out $400 or $500 dollars to buy it for one project, so we rent them out per day.”

Garrett Estrada Photo Sadie McVicars and Heather Peterson from the Lawn and Garden section at Ace Hardware say that it’s time to start getting materials and soil ready for a beautiful spring garden.

Garrett Estrada Photo
Sadie McVicars and Heather Peterson from the Lawn and Garden section at Ace Hardware say that it’s time to start getting materials and soil ready for a beautiful spring garden.

Whatever the project, it’s clear that now that the sun is shining and the leaves are turning green, it is a great time to get started on that outdoor project.

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