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Getting Garden Ready on the First Day of Spring

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It may be a day full of wind chills and ten foot snow piles, but it's still the first official day of spring on the calendar.

If you're itching to put that green thumb to work and start digging in the dirt you might have to wait just a little longer. However J.D. Shotwell, of Shotwell Floral in South Fargo says now is the perfect time to start planning out your garden.

Shotwell says if you want your plants to thrive this season, there's a few things you can do. First, make sure you're using a pesticide or fertilizer, if you want to be organic you should still use a fertilizer but buy one that has a lower chemical compound and is "organic friendly".

Second, make sure you use the proper soil. Regular black top soil, might save you money but it won't save your plants in the long run. Shotwell recommends using an organic soil that will help promote the plants rooting.

Third, make sure you have the proper space and sunlight for your plants. Poor sunlight will cause your garden to die in a hurry.

Finally, if you want the show of a pro garden but lack that green thumb, Shotwells can help. Just bring your pots into them, then they'll fill it up with the proper soil and plants and deliver them right back to you.  

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