Spring Garden Tips & Gardening Events

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It is the first official week of spring and many avid gardeners are starting to get antsy to start planting. On the Valley Today Monday morning, experts from Shotwell Floral in Fargo offered tips gardeners can start doing even the weather is still cold.

Shotwell's vice president J.D. Shotwell says the best thing gardeners can start doing now is planning.

"Get an idea about what you want to do, kind of plants you want to use, even if it vegetables. Just pre-plan and get sorted and come on in and check things out," said Shotwell.

Shotwell add that in addition to planning the best thing for your garden is soil. He recommends gardeners to use soilless or organic soil.

"A soilless mixture is by far the best soil you can use out there. It means you don't have any black dirt in it," said Shotwell.

Black dirt is not the best for plants because it can be heavier and harder for the root to spread and grow. Shotwell says you can mix soilless in with black dirt and that would help but going soilless is the best option.

If you decide to do garden containers, Shotwell recommends not over flowing the container and making sure it has proper drainage. Some containers you do have to drill your own holes.

If you have spring fever and want to learn more tips on gardening, North Dakota State University is offering garden forums on March 23, 24, 30 and 31. Topics include landscape trees, container gardening, growing fruits and herb and more. The Spring Fever Garden Forums will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and are free. The presentation will be delivered to numerous NDSU Extension offices across the state and gardeners can also participate online on their home computers.

For additional information on the forums, you can contact Todd Weinmann at 701-241-5707.