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By Nancy and Dawn Clement

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March 10, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) - Springtime is almost here; maybe this year you want to plant a garden or refresh your current garden. Are you thinking of planting a garden but don't know what to grow or where to start? Fortunately, there is plenty of help for you and the best news is that it is free!  all you need is a little bit of time to followup on information available at the websites listed below. 

One place to start is  This website can help you with planning your garden. It will take you about five minutes to create your garden design. First you upload a photo of the garden area you want help with, then you define the climate and soil conditions. This site will suggest plants for your garden and create pictures how the plants will look for each of the seasons.

Do you want to attend FREE classes on gardening? On most Saturdays, the two locations of Walter Anderson Nursery hold classes on various gardening topics. For more information about what classes are upcoming, check out their website

Do you like to learn on-line instead of attending a class? The San Diego Master Gardeners have created a planting calendar and a vegetable garden guide that you can find on their website at

Perhaps you want to learn more about how to grow native plants and what nurseries offer them for sale. If so, check out the California Native Plant Society at their website

With our temperate weather, we have a longer growing season than many parts of the country. By starting your garden now, you can save money by growing your own vegetables and have the pleasure of eating the freshest food available, right from your own backyard.

Nancy Clement is an east county Realtor®, mortgage broker and freelance writer and can be reached at 619-563-4184 or Dawn Clement is a stay-at-home mother of three, a freelance writer, and creative shopper.


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