Over the cold winter months you may have spent time paging through magazines dreaming of what your garden could like and now is the time to make your vision a reality. Whether you envisioned a garden of color, spice or flavor it is time to get the seeds or plants in the ground and tend to their growth. Working the soil and seeing or tasting the results of your labor is just so satisfying. It doesn’t matter if you have a tiny patio or a large yard, you can create beauty or food in whatever space you have available. Container gardening is very popular for those with a limited area. Planting tomatoes and peppers will provide color and fresh picked produce. Flavor up your recipes with fresh herbs by planting herbs such as Rosemary, Basil, Sage in small containers that can be kept in a sunny window spot during the cold winter months and outside during the warm months. Potted plants will require more watering than plants placed in the earth depending on the daily temperature. Making a raised bed garden will keep your plants orderly, helps to save on weeding and is easier on your back. For curbside appeal flowers not only brighten up your yard but attract bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies that play an important role in pollination and natural pest control. Whatever you may plant it is important to use the proper soil for the plant. Using the right soil will allow for proper drainage, and help to retain moisture. Adding mulch to bedded plants will help protect from weeds and water loss. Pick up some ladybugs, lacewings and praying mantis, all which are nature’s perfect predators for an environmentally friendly garden. So gather up your garden tools and go out and get dirty!