I had my first garden when I bought my first house in 1995. My dad always gardened and I watched him. I like to try something new or different each year, sometimes I add a couple new perennials or try a new veggie. The aphids and slugs are super challenging. To a new gardener I'd say: be patient, compost, till, and in Baltimore, add lime! This year will be a challenge, I need to have back surgery—so not too much will be done, but next year look out! ■
Gardens: Tina LazarBy Tina Lazar
I have a couple flower gardens and a vegetable garden—plus herbs in boxes on my deck. I like them all! I try to spend a little time in my garden every day—it's a refreshing time for me. I love to plant—HATE to weed! I love the spring, when things start to "show up." I know what is there but I am always a little surprised.