Gardening Tips

SCOTT TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The weather is warming up, the trees are blooming, and many of us can’t wait to get our gardens going!
  Eyewitness News Reporter Kristina Shalhoup was in Scott Township learning some of the best ways to have success with your seedlings.
It’s not easy being green, especially when it looks like this outside.

The winter weather hung on a little longer than normal …

“This season is unlike any other in recent past,” said Rich Vaicekauskas, Corky’s Garden Path.
… but  it’s finally warming up, which means it’s time to get to the garden!
    If the sunshine has inspired you to grow some greenery, here are a few tips and tricks from the experts.

If you’re a first time gardener, your best bet is not to bite of more than you can chew.
“Easiest is to start small, even if it’s just starting in containers,” said Vaicekauskas.

Like many other things in life, don’t be afraid to fail.
“Especially with new gardeners, when you first start out, you’re going to fail at some things. But you shouldn’t be discouraged by that. Just keep moving forward and you’ll learn from that,” said Cory Kashuba, Corky’s Garden Path.
For those of you who already have a garden, and have noticed your perennials haven’t bloomed yet- don’t sweat it!
“Everything appears dead, but it’s just a late start. It’ll get to where it needs to be, but it’ll just take a bit longer this year,” said Vaicekauskas
Maybe you’re looking to make a meal of your garden’s goodies..
“A tomato plant- anything that you bury under the soil is going to turn to root. So, the deeper you plant the tomatoes, the better the root system you’re going to have, and that’s not true of most plants. A lot of plants, if you over-bury them you’re just going to rot them,” said Kashuba.
Or season up your salad with a peck of peppers…
“You want them about 15 to 18 inches apart, so when they’re mature they’re touching. That’ll give you a lot better production on your peppers,” said Kashuba.
And finally, if you’re trying to stay trendy with cacti and succulents, sometimes, less is mo

“A lot of people with cacti and succulents kill them with kindness by over watering them,” said Kashuba.

Corky’s says, one of the most important parts of keeping your plants alive (especially in your home) is to make sure you know how much light they need.

Kristina Shalhoup, Eyewitness News.

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