Whose Ready to Plant a Garden?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Beam & Branch Realty TREC #547752

When the Texas Bluebonnets begin showing off, I get the itch to begin planning my garden. This year, we are building a new home and I already have the area picked out where my little garden will proudly sit. There is much to do in order to be ready for the actual planting.

🪴 Site Selection - The area you choose needs to receive the most potential sunlight is essential. Also, drainage and irrigation needs must factor into the location.

🪴 Type of Garden - What type of plants do you want to grow? Vegetables, herbs, climbing vines, bulbs, or flowers? And of course, you can grow a little of each if you have the space and the proper spacing and planning.

🪴 Bed Preparation - The type of bed is very important. Raised beds are great for ease of gardening but require more soil. If planting in-ground rows, proper tilling and soil additives must be done prior to planting.

🪴 Tools - Selecting the proper tools can aid in gardening with ease. Kneeling benches and pads are very helpful. Good, well-made digging tools will last longer than buying cheaper spades and rakes.

🪴 Pest Control - I am a natural gardener so there are no toxic chemicals that ever get near my garden. I use homemade, non-toxic pest control solutions. I also research plants for my area that help to naturally deter bugs.

If you are planning a garden, you understand the excitement this time of year. Best wishes as you plan, prepare, and plant your garden!



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Comments (12)

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I am so looking forward to Spring Dr. Paula McDonald . I love to gardening, camping, and so much more. Unfortunately our spring doesn't start until mid May. We have about a foot of snow currently BUT we are just hearing the geese flying in this week.

Mar 25, 2023 06:54 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Wow! A foot of snow? Sounds like you will be digging out for awhile Bob "RealMan" Timm 

Mar 25, 2023 07:00 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Actually Dr. Paula McDonald it has melted down to a foot of snow. We had mountains of snow this year... one of the worst winters in our history.

Mar 26, 2023 05:01 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Diane & I have a black thumb, hence we have a Gardner who keeps us in line and they come by every other week to make sure things are OK... he had to remind Diane in previous years that watering is 80 per cent of the solution.... now gratefully this year that is not a problem here in Los Angeles.... we have plenty of water:)Endre

Mar 25, 2023 09:21 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Paula - good luck with your garden this Spring.  It seems you have the right plan in place for planting season.   

Mar 26, 2023 03:12 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Paula,

It is that time of the year! Spring is here for most of us and planting a garden is something many do. You have some great tips n preparing and planting a garden this year!

Mar 26, 2023 05:01 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is a really good walkthrough on how to get started but since I do not possess a green thumb, I don't believe that I am quite ready to plant a garden myself, haha.

Mar 26, 2023 05:26 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

You're barking up the wrong tree here, Paula! I have the world's blackest thumb... and even if I didn't, I have no interest in gardening! Must be my upbringing in the concrete jungles of NY City! :)

Mar 26, 2023 06:01 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Estate Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I am planting a new and improved garden for taking better care of myself.  Reading your post I can say that the same kind of planting and preparation is utilized Dr. Paula McDonald 

I spent hours online yesterday resourcing organic essential oils and other supplements for my better and improved health garden. 

Wishing you a blessed and beautiful Sunday!

Mar 26, 2023 08:06 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Paula,
It's not really safe to start planting until May around my part of the country. My husband was the horticulturist in the family, and he was always impatient for gardening season. I'm surprised he never put up a greenhouse. 

Mar 26, 2023 08:29 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I'm going to grow tomatoes and squash this year.  And, pot flowers.  That's about it this year.

Mar 26, 2023 01:32 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Larry loves to garden, but the deer family who passes through our yard every day has been taking advantage of his work and he has to be careful of all his plantings!

Mar 27, 2023 06:43 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I do love to have a garden, but this years garden will be small.  It will have a few tomato plants, a pepper plant or two, and some herbs.  Maybe next year's crop will be bigger.

Mar 27, 2023 08:24 PM