Pike Nurseries’ Matt Arnett is here to give you his best advice about how to get your garden to grow.
Q: What the the benefits of gardening?
A: Gardening is great exercise, reduces stress, helps people connect with nature and can even bring families together as parents or grandparents teach children.
Q: How should a first-time gardener begin?
A: Tomatoes, peppers, melons and cucumbers are easy to grow and reward beginners with a bountiful harvest.
Q: How can seasoned gardeners revamp their garden this year?
A: Seasoned gardeners know that part of the enjoyment of gardening is trying new plants. Several new varieties of Echinacea this year are easy to grow, attract butterflies, and make a beautiful cut flower in stunning colors.
Q: How can someone garden in a small space?
A: Garden vertically. Grow vining vegetables, fruit and flowering plants that climb on arbors or trellises.
Q: What are some ideas to get kids involved in gardening?
A: Have kids pick out their favorite plants at the nursery – they love choosing from the vast array of colors. Then have them help with the planting process by digging holes or watering flowers.
Q: What plants are easy to grow?
A: Perennial flowers provide yearly bursts of color without the effort of planting each season. Some easy-to-grow favorites include Gallardia, Scabiosa and Rudbeckia.