Have the prettiest garden in The Pine Belt with these tips

Have the prettiest garden in The Pine Belt with these tips

HATTIESBURG, MS - Spring is in full swing, and many people are beginning to garden.

Owner of Art*Cetera Michelle Messer in Hattiesburg said this is the time of year more customers visit the store's garden center.

"The geraniums do really well, begonias are a great plant, and of course ferns in the south are everybody's favorite," Messer said.

Messer's number one tip is to water plants regularly.

"If you forget to water them they dry out," Messer said.

"It puts them in shock and its hard to get them back to their original beauty. Feeding once a week is important, as well. I use Miracle Grow, but there's a lot of good brands out there," Messer said.

Messer suggests planting flowers after the last frost, which she said shouldn't be a problem for South Mississippi.

"If it does tend to get a little chilly especially with the baskets you can always bring them into your garage or cover them up if it gets cold, but I think we're past all of that," Messer said.

Art*Cetera has over 70 types of plants and a countless number of artwork and garden accessories made by local artist.

"I have some beautiful bees and dragon flies, waterfalls are always a nice feature," Messer said.

Messer said mulch can also be used to beautify the garden as well as improve the soil's health.

"And that also helps weeds, keep them down. And helps keep moisture in the ground and helps your plants," Messer said.

Messer recommends wearing gardening gloves when using any gardening materials.

Art*Cetera will hold an open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.