Gardeners Prepare for Spring Planting

By Jonathan Cooper |

Published 03/23 2014 09:31PM

Updated 03/23 2014 10:56PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) While the weather may not show it this week, people around town are already thinking about growing season.

For those that have gardens, now is the time to begin thinking about what to plant and when.

"Everybody is coming in and getting their garden seed," said Laura King, with Earl May in St. Joseph.

King and Earl May have seen a rush of gardeners prepping for spring.

"We're getting to be busy," she said. "Getting your garden tilled up and ready for plants to go in it."

Experts say it is important to time when to plant certain crops and flowers for the best results.

While it may be too early to plant an entire garden, King says now is a good time to plant crops that grow underground. At Earl May, they're most popular sellers are onions and potatoes.

"We sell tons of fifty pound bags of potatoes," she said. "You plant the actual chunk of potato in the ground."

King says it's also important to do routine maintenance before planting anything this time of year.

"You're definitely going to want to get it tilled up," she said. "It's always a good idea to get a time released fertilizer in there. Another thing that you want to get down is your weed preventer."

And with warm weather knocking on the door, King says by following some simple steps, you can have a successful garden.

"We don't want anybody going out there blindfolded basically, we like to help out everybody," she said.

The store plans on getting other vegetable seeds by mid-April.

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