For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Oct 29

Your Questions About Gardening

Ruth asks…

how can i find my hardiness zones?

GardenersCardiff answers:

Most gardening books have a map with the zones shown. You can also look in an encyclopedia under USDA zones or put USDA zones in your search engine.

Mark asks…

early spring garden?

what are the best flowers to plant in early spring that will last for a while and are really pretty

the spot i have for them is shaded and tiger lilys grew there last year so any flower that will go well with them

i also want them to have a special meaning for spring

GardenersCardiff answers:

It depends on which gardening zone you’re in. To find out:

I’m in zone 5b. The first bulbs that bloom for me are Snowdrops (Galanthus). Here are some cultivars:

Mine just started to bloom a couple days ago and will continue for a few weeks.

My father lives in zone 7 and he has daffodils blooming right now. Here are some different kinds of daffies:

There are 14 different divisions of daffies for you to explore. I like Jonquillas best for their fragrance but I have many different kinds.

Crocus also blooms very early:

Very early crocus can be planted in waves in your grassy areas or you can use different colors to make designs. They will finish blooming and start to die off then just mow the grass as usual. They’re also inexpensive.

The sites that I’ve given are all from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. They’re a great company and have a free catalog. Spring-blooming bulbs are planted in the autumn for the next year’s bloom.

If you want to chat about gardening, e-mail me. I love to talk plants. I’ll try to help in any way that I can. Before ordering from any on-line business, please check the reviews of the company here:

There are some great companies out there and some very, very bad ones.

Sharon asks…

What should I plant in my garden? northern CA zone 111?

I would like to start two separate gardens. One I want to plant some natives flowers/herbs (not to be consumed as this is next to a dumpster) that don’t require me watering them).

The other one, more importantly, will be for consumption. Is it too late to do bell peppers? I want to plant vegetables, native flowers, edibles, etc. Please any help you can give me would be great as I have an awesome opportunity to get stuff going in our “community garden” between ours and our neighbors apartment buildings and I want to get stuff in before everyone takes up all the room. Also, if you have some good gardening links or books let me know because naturally I have a black thumb. Thanks so much!
I just checked on the national gardening associated page and it actually says zone 7-9 so obviously i have no idea what I am talking about!!

GardenersCardiff answers:

I’m in N. CA too. You should start your book collection off with the “Sunset Western Garden Book” – it’s our bible. It covers a good range of plants and is a good beginner book.

Now, know that with all gardens you will have to water them to get them started. Once they are established, you begin to taper off your watering. You also want drought tolerant plants since you don’t want to do much care once they are established.

Here are some good natives nurseries to check out:

Since your climate and needs are so specific, you should really consult a good nursery in your area and get your questions answered about which natives to use, when to plant them, how often to water and for how long, etc.

You will also want to ask about what veggie starts you can get this time of year for a fall garden. Be sure to note how much sun your area gets and plan accordingly.

Sorry I can’t give you absolute definite ideas but you have really specific needs. But I hope I gave you some ideas and advice to go on. :)

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