Spring Blooms

Time to grab the seeds and spade!

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With the snow finally behind us, we can get started on making our yards beautiful again. Gardening is one of a few pastimes that provide a complete sensory experience: the sound of bees and other buzzing insects; the sharp smell of mulch; the rich feel of soil in your hands... there’s so much to enjoy!

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just testing out your green thumb, it’s important to have a planting plan if you have low vision. Here are some tips for how to make the most of your gardening adventures.

• When selecting flowers for your garden, choose the brightest and most aromatic. Roses, lavender and geraniums are all known for their vibrant hues and intoxicating scents. A florist or gardening expert can help you find plants that will grow well in your climate.

• Try planting herbs as well as flowers to extend the sensory experience of your garden. Basil, thyme, rosemary and mint are easy to grow and have the added benefit of being edible! You’ll be glad you planted them when you’re devouring a pesto dish or sipping a mojito in the backyard.

• If you’re starting a garden from scratch, it’s important to come up with a system for keeping track of different seeds. How do you separate your daffodils from your dahlias? Storing seeds in color-coordinated baggies or containers is a smart strategy for easy identification. If you struggle with color vision, try integrating textural elements into your organization system. Different felt letters or shapes can be assigned for each plant; a quick touch will tell you what you’re holding!

• “Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” Mary might not have had a lot of friends, but she definitely had an orderly garden. Most landscapers would agree: The best- looking gardens have some degree of organization. Before planting, lay a length of rope or a rake along your flowerbed to ensure that you place flowers in a straight line. For a more permanent solution, separate different flowerbeds with bricks, wooden planks or large stones. Planting in raised beds can also help keep your garden looking tidy and help you to identify different sections.

For more tips on how to keep your garden beautiful in every season visit VisionAware.