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Getting Your Money's Worth Out Of Your Garden

Updated: Thursday, March 20 2014, 11:29 AM CDT

Spring has finally arrived and that means many of us will be anxious to spruce up our yards and gardens. Before you spend all this money on new plants and seeds, your soil may need some attending to, especially after such a harsh winter here in Central Texas.

Don Foote, plant expert at Shoal Creek Nursery, says you need to add nutrients back into  your soil. Foote recommends you buy compost, fertilizer, a specially formulated organic mix if you're planting vegetables and bone meal for your bulbs.

As far as veggies and herbs go, Foote says this is a great time to plant basil, lettuce and chard. You can also plant eggplant and tomatoes, but be prepared to cover them in case we see one last freeze.

In just a few short months, Central Texas is expected to be plagued by another drought filled summer. Foote says the best way to get your money's worth is to select native plants that need little water. Plant them now and they'll last you through the summer. Another perk, the City of Austin offers rebates for planting native foliage.

For more gardening tips click on the link.

By Ashley Miller

Getting Your Money's Worth Out Of Your Garden

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