SPRING HOME & GARDEN: Adding flowers into this year’s vegetable garden mix

If you’re like me, you’ve been dreaming of spring.

Thankfully, the weather finally seems to have turned a corner for the better. In the meantime, I’ve got my garden seeds sprouting on my kitchen window ledge.

Take action now for a beautiful garden next spring

“Clean up, clean up, everybody clean up.”

Have you ever heard the little song that the children in daycare sing while picking up their toys? This little ditty gets the children going with enthusiasm, working together and doing the job in a manageable amount of time. This frame of mind can also be applied to the season end of gardening.

Belding Gardeneers annual Garden Walk set for Saturday

Proceeds go toward a scholarship for a graduating senior and to help a family at Christmas

The Belding Gardeneers will to hosting their 16th annual Garden Walk from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26. Tickets will be $8 and can be purchased at the Belding Blossom Shoppe or on the porch of the Belding Museum, located at 108 Hanover Street on the day of the walk. The Belding Museum porch will be full of container gardens and one of the featured stops.

THE AMISH COOK: Zucchini season treat

I used to wonder how a person could ever go to work in the garden to unwind. Pulling weeds just wasn’t on my list of things I particularly enjoyed. I don’t know what happened, but I repeatedly found myself ambling toward the garden during the past week after supper and breathing deeply. I felt my entire being relaxing as weeds were being removed and tomatoes staked.

Starting a garden from scratch

Like many Michiganders, I typically plant my garden around Memorial Day using plants I purchased from a greenhouse or a flea market. But this year, I wanted to try starting some of my plants from scratch.

I ordered a variety of free gardening catalogs this past winter and after lots of reading and daydreaming (what else was there to do this winter?) I decided to order from Annie’s Heirloom Seeds. I planted four kinds of tomatoes and five kinds of peppers (I love peppers!), plus some Brussels sprouts, in a basic seed tray, using a heat mat and a tray cover until the seeds sprouted.

What’s sprouting?

Daily News readers share what they are planting this year

Compiled by Stacie Smith Jessica Malcolm, Belding — “(I am) mostly planting tomatoes, basil, peppers, zucchini, squash and puffs. I may try popcorn, as well as brussel sprouts also…I planted both too late last year.” Joe Swanky, Belding — “Green beans, squash, peas, tomatoes, radishes carrots, swiss chard, beets, lots of peppers, and definitely rosemary again.” Sasha Hall, Greenville — […]