This time of year is my favorite when it comes to gardening. Everything is new, fresh green and, given the rain we’ve had this spring, I can rip those pesky weeds out of the ground with ease. But you don’t need a big yard to create a bright spot of garden where you live. It’s the perfect time to create a colorful mix of plants in pots for patios, decks and doorsteps.
This year the Grow Native! Container Garden Contest (April 1-Oct. 15, 2008) will give Missourians a chance to not only show what they can do with native plants in a small spot, but also give three winners a bundle of prizes (books on native plant gardening, $100 gift certificate to a Grow Native! retail garden center, etc.). The great thing about getting your container plants started now is that you’ll have a good season of color to enjoy and lots of time to get photos when the blooms are at their peaks.