Get Started on Your Own Garden

If the winter blues have left you dreaming of a beautiful flower garden or vegetable plot, now is the time to start planning and planting. Having your own garden is extremely rewarding and a great way to stay outdoors and active during the spring and summer months. A well-maintained garden can also add value to your house. Here are a few tips for how to get started on your own garden.

A beautiful garden at 2545 River Road in New Hope

A beautiful garden at 2545 River Road in New Hope

Plan It’s important to determine what type of garden you want to plant, how big of a garden you want to have, and where you want to plant it before heading to a garden center. If you’re new to gardening, start small—you’ll want to have something you can manage. You might want a small plot in the back yard, or a container garden if you’re planting in a limited, urban space. Planting your garden in a spot where you will see it often—say, by the mailbox or outside your kitchen window—will help remind you to weed and water your garden regularly.

Soil Gardens grow best with soil that has the right balance of clay, sand and silt. Before you begin planting, remove any large stones from the garden area and soil, and make sure the soil is properly fertilized. You can improve your soil by adding organic matter like compost, decaying leaves or dried grass clippings in a 2-3 inch layer overtop.

Plants Your garden will be most successful if you pick plants that have adapted to the soil, climate and amount of sunlight in your garden. Determining what you want to plant can also help you choose where you place your garden, too. Hearty flowers include: cosmos, marigolds, impatiens, zinnias and sunflowers, which are all annuals, and black-eyed Susans, pansies, purple coneflowers daylilies and phlox, which are all perennials. Some easy-to-grow vegetables are lettuce, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers.

Looking for a property with outstanding garden spaces? Check out “Rabbit Run” in New Hope.

 

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  • zbone95

    This adjustment would work if Vick hadnt fumbled in the redzone thats 7 points right there. I dont mind limiting big plays as long as we move the ball somehow but cant turn the ball over like that and expect ur defense to make stops with games on the line week in and week out.

    • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

      The Defense took the field with the lead, 2;00 left in the game and the Steelers starting at the 10, first and 20 yards for a first down. That’s after receiving the kickoff due to the Vick go ahead touchdown.

      What adjustment could Vick have made to prevent Pittsburgh a first down which eventually lead to a go ahead field goal?

      • BostonianEagle

        I think the defense took the field with around 6 minutes left. But just like you said.. with the start of the 4th quarter and down by 6, he took the team down the field on a really gutsy drive to score a touchdown that had two 4th down situations. Overall, Vick has to hold onto the ball as turnovers are always going to haunt your team in the long haul, but to criticize him saying that he is the sole reason why the Eagles lost, or the only reason why is just asinine. The Eagles lost as a team. Special teams gave up poor field position, the defense couldn’t stop Pittsburgh on their game winning SIX minute drive, and yes, the offense turning the ball over twice. This scapegoating is getting really maddening.

      • MAC

        We could have had a 4 point lead at least if he does not fumble on QB draw into end zone. All the Vick apologists that mention the game winning drive by Steelers are wrong. First off if you hold a team to 16 points your defense did its job. Especially against this offense. Second its Big Ben. He is top 3 clutch QB’s in this league! Vick’s fumbling is an issue. I m encouraged by his blitz passer rating improvement and the no INT’s in last 2 games. But can not put this one on the defense. The 0 turnover game against Giants for Vick is the exception and he needs to correct it now. This league is to close and turnovers are the difference especially in playoffs. Its been happening with Vick since week 10 of 2010. No more excuses. Fix it or time to play the rookie.

        • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

          If my aunt had nuts she’d be my uncle. The Eagles had a lead. Pittsburgh started their last drive 1st and 20 yards to a first down.

  • poetx

    this makes what i’d consider two good weeks in a row for andy and marty as far as playcalling is concerned.

    still, this line is frightening. even now that they have given hot reads, quick slants, quick outs, and dumps to backs in the flat to vick as options he is getting absolutely LEVELED even when he completes those throws. that should NOT be happening and no qb can remain consistent behind that level of inconsistent protection.

    if we max protect, everyone may hold up well (td to desean last week, 24 yd completion this week), OR, there may be a completely unblocked rusher coming straight up the middle.

    on other dropbacks, at any given point, someone can be scott free off the edge or up the middle. your eyes, as a QB, tell you that you have the people to block the rushers, but the line is whiffing on routine twists and line stunts. as you mentioned, we’ll have a double team in one spot, and someone untouched right next to them. that’s not just experience and execution ,that’s basic awareness.

    • xlGmanlx

      I would like to see some screens in there. If you don’t even threaten to use a defenses speed against it, they are just going to keep doing it.

  • Andy

    Hopefully these guys who weren’t playing together at the start of the year start to gel as an offensive line and become better as a unit.

  • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

    These lugs practice all week and on Sundays can not remember the blocking assignments for running 60 offensive plays. Watkins was a waste, Bell is a joke and the other’s I would trade for a peanut butter cup. No strategy works if free rushers can assault your quarterback.

  • MAC

    We could have had a 4 point lead at least if he does not fumble on QB
    draw into end zone. All the Vick apologists that mention the game
    winning drive by Steelers are wrong. First off if you hold a team to 16
    points your defense did its job. Especially against this offense. Second
    its Big Ben. He is top 3 clutch QB’s in this league! Vick’s fumbling is
    an issue. I m encouraged by his blitz passer rating improvement and the
    no INT’s in last 2 games. But can not put this one on the defense. The 0
    turnover game against Giants for Vick is the exception and he needs to
    correct it now. This league is to close and turnovers are the difference
    especially in playoffs. Its been happening with Vick since week 10 of
    2010. No more excuses. Fix it or time to play the rookie.

  • casey23

    we need to throw more screens to mccoy ran the ball more to setup play action for the deep ball and are red zone trouble is killing us we need plax a big tall Wr to throw to even use him as a distraction when were down near the goal line and just run it in.

  • casey23

    also we need to put more points on the bored to take pressure off are D if we do that the sacks will come and more ints, idk if this is out year i could be wrong. we dont turn the ball over we would be 4 an 1 so whats that tell ya we win games if we dont make stupid turnovers once again we need a tall Wr i want us to get plaxico idc if wed pick up t,o but if he would cause any drama just leave him go on the spot thats my opinion we got tthese little Wr thats why we arent scoreing as much anymore they know how to play us… we needa get the ball to out tight ends more like clay harbor u send both of them out for a pass harbor will most likely be open teams are worried about celec i hope the change some things around or every week its gonna come down to the end of the 4th