Gardening tips, tricks you need to know

(FOX19) - FOX19's Denise Johnson is live at HJ Benken Florist this morning to learn some gardening tips for the upcoming season!

At HJ Benken, they have been recycling their pots and trays for well over 40 years! They started out using 3" clay pots and about 20 years ago, they switched to peat pots.

Even now with a logo on their own plastic pots, they are still re-using and recycling. Soil and plant waste are also re-used.

A few gardening tips to know from

  • Wind up hoses: Don't waste time dragging around a big hose!
  • Stash your tools: Minimize trips to the shed by keeping tools close.
  • Keep your shoes on: Stash plastic grocery bags by the door to cover your muddy shoes in case you have to go inside.
  • Wash the plants: Collect your produce in an old laundry basket. The basket acts as a strainer, allowing you to quickly rinse off dirt and debris from veggies and fruits.

Mike Benken says you can start planting vegetables now. As long as they can stand the cold!

Vegetables that can be planted now:

  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Radish

Benken says you can also plant vegetables and flowers in the same pot.

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