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Look Around Lubbock: gardening tips

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If you're thinking about starting a spring garden, here are some tips:

"Just getting outside, getting some sunlight, getting some fresh air will do wonders for your mental health, for your physical health, waking walks and gardening are great ways to stay in shape," Texas Tech Greenhouse and Garden Manager Vikram Baliga said.

If you've never had a garden and want to start, Baliga said find a good space that's close to your house.

"A lot of vegetables in pots or containers or old boots, it doesn't matter, just something you put dirt in, and put a plant in," Baliga said.

Think about where you'll get your source of water, fertilizer and sunlight. 

"Most of your vegetables you're going to want to grow are going to want about 8 hours, 6-8 hours of direct sunlight, morning sun is better," Baliga said.

Most importantly, plant things you actually like.

"If you're trying to grow vegetables, or flowers or whatever, don't plant things you're not going to eat, it doesn't make any sense," Baliga said.

Some produce you can start planting in your garden right now are peas, cucumbers, and melons. If you have a porch to start seeds, you can plant peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant.

If you're looking for something easy to grow, herbs.

"You don't need a lot of space, you don't need a lot of sun, and you really don't need a lot of water," Baliga said.

To make sure you're not wasting produce, Baliga said start small and have a plan for what you're going to do with the food you grow.

"I think you'll be surprised how many tomatoes you can get off of one tomato plant," Baliga said.

Baliga said it's important to get the kids involved, too.

"I think giving our kids an appreciation for one how the world grows, how plants grow, but two where their food comes from," Baliga said.

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