Tuesday March 4, 2014
Still can't decide what flowers to add to the garden this year? Make sure you have at least a few easy care, low maintenance perennials in your border. Let's face it, as much as we love working in the garden, there's a lot to be said for the pleasure brought by plants that are undemanding and able to perform well on their own. Yes, they do exist. You just have to be selective.
Sunday March 2, 2014
I am often asked if seedlings need fertilizer and if so, when? Good question.
See those long skinny leaves on the seedling in the photo? Those aren't really leaves. They are called cotyledons and they help provide nutrients to the seedling until the true leaves form and the plant can start to photosynthesize. Cotyledons look pretty much the same on most plants.
The two tiny leaves at the top of the seedling are the first true leaves of this tomato plant. When true leaves appear on your seedling, it's time to start feeding them. Here are some tips, along with comments that have come up around this topic before.
Saturday March 1, 2014
Can you smell it? Spring is in the air and it smells like mud. Lovely mud.
A regional gardening calender for the month of March can give you general tips on what to plant and what to wait for, but spring in the garden is unpredictable and won't be hurried. Gardeners will have to use some common sense. March may come in like a lion, but mellow out overnight. Take advantage of warm days, but don't trust your coddled seedlings to a weather report. And try not to do too much walking on wet soil. That will only compact it and make it harder for plant roots to breathe and grow. Here are some reminders of what you can be doing in the garden in March, now that winter is on its last legs.
Photo of Ipheion uniflorum (Spring Star Flower)
Friday February 28, 2014
Red plastic mulch was getting a lot of positive press for awhile, but you don't hear much about it lately. Supposedly it helps tomato plants set more fruits and ripen them earlier. Sounds good. But red plastic mulch works with nature and nature can be unpredictable. Red mulch is better than black mulch, for growing tomatoes, but is it really worth trying or are they just playing with the desperation of the cool season tomato grower? Here's what I found out, along with several comments from other gardeners. I'd love to hear more, from any of you who have tried it.