El Pasoans Flock To Spruce Up Their Gardens


POSTED: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 8:38pm

UPDATED: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 9:14pm

You've probably noticed the warmer weather, and so it seems has everyone else

Home Depot in west El Paso was filled with people ready to plant their gardens and make their yards beautiful on Saturday afternoon.
Experts say that now is the best time to plant your garden, before the temperatures get too warm.

Julian Ochoa is busy finding the perfect plants for the family garden.

"We come out here every year to buy flowers and melons, tomatoes and vegetables and for my grandmother's garden,” said Ochoa.

Jeff Wilhelm with Home Depot says that gardening requires a lot of time outdoors, so you don't want to wait until the El Paso heat gets too unbearable.

"Anywhere between now and until the beginning of August. Even in late September you can begin planting anywhere from your shrubs to your trees to your lawn,” said Wilhelm.

Wilhelm says that if you decide to plant, you need to be ready to commit.

"If you truly love gardening, you love being in the garden, you love to plant flowers and that's your forte, then yes then it's a big commitment. As long as your planting flowers, plants and shrubs, you have to keep everything well fertilized and well-manicured,” said Wilhelm.

There are many different types of bugs and termites that feed off of your plants. Wilhelm says termites and weeds shouldn't not be ignored.

"It will get out of hand. You'll have crab grass growing everywhere in your lawn. You want to make sure your lawn is well fertilized,” said Wilhelm.

Even if you don't have a yard, Wilham says there are plants that will grow well indoors.

"Petunias, marigolds, and you can put them into a planter outside your apartment or in your home and then you can just plant them. add miracle grow and feed the constantly. "

Julian Ochoa says for him gardening is a family tradition.

"Well I'm not going to plant like flowers and stuff like that, but something maybe like a tomato plant or something like that. Something like I can eat,” said Ochoa.

Wilham also says that there are many different options for plants based on how much time you want to spend taking care of them.


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