Profitt Report: Get a head start on your flower or vegetable garden

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Whether it’s veggies or flowers, gardeners are itching to get outside. If you map out your plan and get a head start on some of your plants, you’ll have a well-thought out garden this summer.

“There’s a lot of pride in growing your own,” said Don Mandeville, district manager at Home Depot.

Mandeville said the garden center at Home Depot stores are a busy place this time of year.

“Raised garden beds are really, realy popular right now and really they're popular because they're easy to do,” he said.

He showed us how to make one for about $25. Use four slated cement blocks (less than $3 each). Take a two-by-four (or whichever size you choose) and put them in the slates. In less than five minutes, you have a square garden bed!

“You can go any size or dimension. You can go larger, you can go smaller, longer, wider,” Mandeville said.

Another reason they’re popular: you’ll have the best quality soil.

“Think about your lawn and all the nutrients that's been drained out due to rain,” Mandeville said, “this is going to give you the best… nutrients, the best soil, which is going to give you the best results.”

What you do next is up to you. Better Homes and Gardens said early spring is a good time to plant cool-weather crops such as onions, potatoes and some lettuces.

Hardy annuals go in mid-spring. Think sunflowers and chrysanthemums.

You could also start some veggies indoors.

If you’re new to this and a little confused, we found a farmer’s almanac guide by region. Please click here.

The Profitt Report wants to hear from you - please send consumer questions and story ideas to ProfittReport@WSMH.com

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