The trees are budding, the flowers are blooming, and your garden is still a bare expanse of dirt. Shouldn't you be outside with some plants and a trowel? Oh well. While we've got you at the computer, take our spring planting quiz!
Seed your lawn when the spring days consistently warm to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Water regularly to maintain soil moisture and fertilize with a slow-release, low-nitrogen product.
Dry soil is not good. You'll also want to make sure you choose the best variety of grass for your region of the country and the amount of sunlight in your yard.
Turfgrass maintenance requires a lot of water, gasoline, fertilizer and herbicides. Still, there are 50,000 square miles (128,000 square kilometers) of turfgrass lawns in the United States.
The answer is leaves. Crowns are compressed stems near the soil surface used to start asparagus plants. Garlic plants are started from cloves, which are the segmented parts of bulbs. Veggies can also be started from suckers, tubers, slips, sets, divisions and cuttings.
Primrose is a perennial whose name means "first rose." New plants should be planted in the early spring.
Indoors under bright light. Put the lights on a timer set to turn on for 14 hours a day.
False. Tiny plants are vulnerable to everything from aphids to chipmunks, so it's a good idea to plant more than you need and thin them later.
Petunias need a minimum of five hours of sun each day, while moss and impatiens do great in partial to full shade.
True. Plants located in partial shade may not be as luxuriant and robust as those that hang out in full sunlight, but many will still yield great-tasting edibles.
Leafy greens are your best bet. These include lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, arugula, endive, radicchio, kale, mustard, cabbage and bok choy. Herbs like cilantro, chives, mint and lemon balm will also grow in these shadowy conditions.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the sun always shines from the south half of the sky. Plants located on the north side of a building will be in constant shade.
Mulch it. About a 3-inch (7.6-centimeter) layer of wood chips will do.
The answer is basil. Chives, peppermint, sage and thyme are some popular perennials, while common annuals include coriander and dill.
Rampant herbs should never be planted in the ground. Instead, plant them in large plastic pots with the bottom removed and the top rim emerging an inch or two above the soil surface.
Though daffodil bulbs should be planted in the fall, they sprout and bloom into bursts of yellow, pink, peach or white in the early spring.
Loam is a mixture of 20 percent clay, 40 percent silt and 40 percent sand.
Most bulbs are susceptible to frost and will be destroyed in the event of a late spring frost.
Annual with no blooms. These plants are described as "root-bound," meaning that they have matted roots and are too big for their pots.
Mail-order plants are often sent bare-root.
Because native plants are well-suited to your climate, they don't have to be watered as much as many non-native, or "exotic" plants.