Let It Grow! What to Plant in your Garden this Spring in Central Vermont
03/26/2018 03:23PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger
First, select local plants for ease, simplicity, and savings in both time and money. They’re happy where they are planted, as they’ve evolved to grow efficiently in the region. Once perennial native plantings like Maidenhair fern, Black Elderberry, Meadow Rue, Wild Geranium, and Silky Dogwood have become established, they’ll add beauty and color to your yard without extra work, fertilizers, irrigation, and cost. Nurture them further by inoculating your garden soil with the proper microorganisms by adding compost or mulch. Healthy soil can help reduce water and fertilizer use by up to 50 percent.
A well-established and maintained garden will attract plenty of VIPs—very important pollinators—flies, butterflies, moths, and beetles—who will then invite more birds, turning your front yard into the envy of your neighborhood.