Spring gardening tips from HGTV gardening star Paul James

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We are in a spring month and the flowers are blooming. Former HGTV star Paul James, “The Gardener Guy,” says green thumbs now have the green light.

At the Southwood Landscape and Garden Center, you’ll find flowers and plants of all shapes, colors and sizes. This season is all about growth and flowering, as it is the main planting season.

James said the soil and air temperatures are favorable for gardening. Plus, this season’s rain helps soak up spring.

“Gardeners all over Green Country have been waiting for the clear signal to start planting. And I think we’re there,” James said.

James said if you’ve been waiting to plant warm season vegetables like peppers, tomatoes or eggplant, now is the time. On the ornamental side, from trees to shrubs, annuals to perennials, roses to tropicals, James said you can plant anything.

If you plan to repot your plants or plant in your garden, he suggests a fertilizer to give them a boost. He said to water well and use plenty of mulch because it retains moisture and stabilizes soil temperature.

You can get flowers for sun or shade, and James says annuals thrive in Oklahoma. “I must say that as a gardener, spring is my favorite time of year because there is so much to observe and enjoy, so much to smell, not just to look at, but to smell. The smells of spring are fantastic,” said James.

Spring is a time of growth and change for plants and people.

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