GRANGER, Ind., –Can you leaf through it! April 14 is National Gardening Day.
The day celebrates gardening and encourages gardeners to share their sage advice for beginners.
Originally from Michiana, Greg Leyes at Ginger Valley, has been gardening for over 50 years. He recalled early memories of gardening with his grandparents who traveled to the United States from Germany in 1901.
Leyes graciously offered advice with his decades of experience.
Due to cold temperatures this spring, Leyes recommended that gardeners plant cold weather vegetables now, like root vegetables and bean plants. A common mistake people make is planting a vegetable too early.
Tomatoes and basil are great to start indoors. Growers will have to wait another month to release these plants.
“Usually we say after Mother’s Day, but Mother’s Day is really early this year. We say, ‘play it by ear’. You don’t want to have it every time the temperature is lower than around 45 for these delicate vegetables,” Leyes said.
He also recommends a frost blanket to cover and protect your seeds in cold weather.
Brassicaceae vegetables, which include Brussels sprouts and broccoli, need cool weather and a root stimulator. Potatoes, onions, rhubarb and asparagus are perfect to plant at this time of year.
Our food also needs food, the special garden fertilizer supplies the plants with much-needed nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus.
Spring-flowering bulbs, such as hyacinth and daffodil, are usually planted in the fall; however, these flowers thrive in cold weather.
Leyes reminded gardeners to pay attention to flower care when purchasing.
“They put them in the wrong place regarding the lack of sun. Most of them need sun. [The hellebores] is different, this one needs shade. But we have you covered on that too,” Leyes warned.
The entire staff at Ginger Valley is well versed in plant care and can help you throughout the growth of your plant.
To celebrate National Gardening Day, Ginger Valley Garden Center is giving away free seeds when you visit the store on Thursday.
National Gardening Day began in 2018 by Cool Springs Press, according to the National Today website.