TODAY | March 20, 2013
>>> it is the first day of spring, which means it is time to enjoy the outdoors again. one way to do that is start by gardening.
>> with tips on how to keep your flowers blooming is chris lampton.
>> he's host of hgtv's "going yard."
>> it's true.
>> in new york, it's cold.
>> if you're here in the northeast right now, you're not thinking about planting that much, but in reality it's good time to start planning.
>> should you start planting or wait?
>> wait until it's warmer. my brother is working right now, and he's not having fun . it's cold outside.
>> i just joined my community gardening area, bought a plot, so this will come in handy.
>> raise planters are going, because you can control the soil. a plat needs nutrients, so a raised planter is great, so put a great potting soil in there the a lot of them come with all the nutrients your plants need. that's why the begonacy look beautiful. it's great for a raised planter.
>> how far apart should you plant them?
>> common problem. people like immediate gratification, and they put them closing, and they don't think a month or two down.
>> and then the roots get intertwined.
>> here's what i recommend for your new plot. do you like to cook?
>> i go.
>> plants some herbs and veggies.
>> you go right in there.
>> i know you have a nice suit.
>> i'm going to get dirty.
>> i have some gloves for you.
>> when you're planting, put whatever you like to eat. i have rosemary over here, parsley, lettuce. lettuce is great. it's easy to grow, it grows like a weed. i love to make spinach smoothies, i'm really into that, so i have a lo the of spinach in my garden.
>> where is rosemary?
>> oh, that's too big.
>> i have a couple shovels. if you want some lettuce, when you put this lettuce in there, it's a small cartridge right now, but it will get nice and big, easy to grow. don't put it too deep. otherwise you choke the plants out. see you are naturals.
>> a little space in between.
>> you have thetime -- thyme in there.
>> a lot of water -- do they have to be in total night?
>> another thing about raised planters, you can put them wherever you want. put them in nice full sun. anthony, that's too deep. you'll choke out the vine.
>> now, in terms of your raised planter, how deep should the box be? well -- are you having fun with the dirt?
>> you know what? just a quick one.
>> at least a foot deep