Right now is the perfect time for people to start paying attention to their plants and flowerbeds, said a local Lowe’s Home Improvement nursery specialist.
“Gardeners are starting their seeding process,” said Nancy Broncatti. “Cetain plants take 12-weeks to reach maturity level before transplant.
“Planting is fun, but if you are a first-time homeowner or gardener, its a good thing to do is have the soil tested,” suggested Brocantti. “It’s a huge mistake that homeowners do; bypass knowing what’s in the soil.
“All you have to do is send off a sample of your soil to the North Carolina Extension and tell them what you’re interested in planting. They’ll fix you up a list of nutrients missing in your soil.”
Broncatti said she believes that taking the suggested soil step is proactive. She also pointed to other things that can be done to help you save a bundle.
“Now is the time to look for signs of distress in plants,” urged Brocantti. “Something as simple as an visual examination can go a long way to avoiding a disaster. If you notice any part of your garden that is dead or doesn’t seem right, bring it into our store and ask any one of the staff to take a peek. Everyone is 100 percent qualified and trained to answer your questions and help you along your way.”
Broncatti started out as a hobbyist and said gardening is a big part of her life. “I went organic as possible and started growing all my plants from my own seeds,” said Broncatti. “It’s always a great idea for folks to find places that offer free workshops for homeowners and future garden hobbyists.”
Meanwhile, the North Carolina Extension Master Gardeners is offering a free workshop titled “Rooting and Starting Plants from Seeds and Cuttings.”
The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning how to propagate plants and/or to begin plants from seed and will be held on Tuesday, January 22 from 2-4 p.m. at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Center in Dobson.
“See what I mean?” said Brocantti. “Those types of workshops help incredibly.”