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I also planted a ton of perennials outside, and some storebought veggie seedlings, even though I'm fully aware it's too early. I also planted 5 rose bushes, but I suspect I'll live to regret that (ouch).
I'm right on the cusp of zones 5 and 6, so it's hard to calculate which guidelines to use.
Re: Spring fever
I found a black thumb is pretty much a self-sustaining myth. It generally is propagated by some essential misunderstanding or misinformation about growing plants. In my case it was (and still is) that I always think they need more water than they actually do. Even when I self-adjust, remembering that I always overwater, I still overwater. So I bought this little gizmo for $5 that you stick in the dirt and it gives a numerical moisture reading. That one thing changed my relationship with plants forever.
From reading on the web, watering is the #1 cause of accidental flowercide, with under/over lighting coming in next, then over feeding (plants don't get fat if you overfeed them, their cells rupture and they die).
So, just turn on the old left-brain and treat it like learning to cook or any other household science project.
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