A vibrant flower is the first sign of spring.
It was flowers as far as the eye could see Saturday at the 7th Annual ‘Spring Fever’ Home Gardening Symposium. The event is put on by the Muskingum Valley Garden Society. There were more than 300 displays and organizers say the event was about education for interested gardeners rather than just selling. One of the symposium’s speakers, Melinda Myers, has some tips for first time gardeners.
"When spring comes and it has been a long winter, we see all these plants and we are like ‘I need one of those, I need one of those’ and we create this huge garden. Then July comes and it is hot and all your friends disappear and your weeding alone and often it get discouraging, so make sure you pick not only the right amount of plants, but plants suited for the environment, the light, the soil and your gardening style," says Myers.
Myers suggests if you plan to grow edible plants, to grow things you will want to eat, such as tomatoes. Hostas and day lillies are also strong plants for beginners to start out with. If you are looking to attract butterflies or birds to your garden you must consider the needs of the wildlife.
"Butterflies adult butterflies that we see are typically they live for just a couple weeks, but the early life when a butterfly is just and egg the host what kind of host plant to they need and what kind of nectar do butterflies eat and the shape of the flowers and the fragrance flowers and the seeds for the birds, all those different things," says Gail Doyle, a guest speaker on ‘Birds, Butterflies and Rain Gardening’.
Doyle says it is never too late to begin gardening and you can make something beautiful even if you only have a tiny space to work with.