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First Blooms

Zone 4 Annuals and Perennials in a Boarder Garden

How to Design and Prepare Your Own Garden For Planting

Creating a Garden Border: When should I start in the spring? You can start planning indoors on paper in January Outdoor work can begin as early as March in the Midwest, or as soon as the ground is thawed.  The layout work can be done as long as there’s no snow on the ground so you can see what you are doing. Planting is best to be done in the spring for Herbaceous Perennials.  Trees and shrubs can be planted in the spring, or fall for the best success rate.  You can still plant in the summer, but you have to be religious about remembering to water to protect your green investments! 10 Steps to Getting That Garden Started: Be sure to have all your utility lines flagged before you start! Lay out the flower bed with a garden hose to achieve the shape. Then spray Roundup on the grass now to kill it off. Or, if you don’t want to mess w/Roundup, lay out the bed w/garden hose…spraypaint the border, Rent a sod cutter …

How to dry sage from your garden.

How to Dry Sage from Your Garden: Part III.

Learn about where to hang your garden herbs for drying.

How to dry sage from your garden.

Harvesting Sage for Dried Herb Bouquets Part I.

Learn a little about cutting fresh herbs and how to dry them indoors, as Marie Stephens demonstrates how to cut sage.

How to dry sage from your garden.

How to Make a Dried Herb Bouquet Using Sage from Your Garden: Part II.

Ever wonder how to dry herbs from your garden? Learn how to bundle herb bouquets and dry them for later use in the kitchen this winter!