Get Your Green On
Being full on into spring in most areas, it’s time to start thinking out garden plans. Whether you are new to gardening or have a thumb greener than the grass, these tips will help anyone end up with a beautiful bounty!
If you are looking to plant a flower bed with blooms and bushes. Take the following advice into consideration!
- Trees and shrubs should be planted between the end of August to mid-October, in the fall, or later if the warm weather has stretched out longer than usual. Planting, or transplanting them at this time of year, while the soil is still warm, gives them a chance to establish their root systems. In the spring the ground is too wet for newly planted trees and shrubs to take hold. The dryer ground allows for proper root growth
- Perennials on the other hand (the ones that will come back every year), prefer warm, moist soil typical of late May and June. If you are wanting to move perennials you have planted to another area of your garden, watch for them to start sprouting, dig the dirt around them and transplant as a clump.
- Flowers that bloom from bulbs are planted dependant on the variety. The good thing about bulb flowers is you are never too late! For spring planted bulbs like begonias, dahlias, gladiolus, and lilies, once the risk of frost has passed and you are able to dig at the dirt, plop them in the ground and watch for them to poke up with prettiness!
- Fall planted bulbs need the cold cycle to bloom in stunning beauty the next spring. Use this spring to envision what you would like to see next year so you can get the bulbs in the ground when you tidy up your garden for the fall. Some of the early bloomers to consider would be crocuses, daffodils, irises, hyacinths and tall tulips.
- Annuals will only last the season. Pansies, geraniums, impatiens, and marigolds are popular annuals and can be found at most garden centres.
- They brighten up your porch or deck in planters and hanging baskets.
- Most annuals will spread out when planted in gardens, making them look lush colourful.
- To prep for planting, consider adding some organic matter like compost, peat moss or mulch. Most flowers grow best in sandy, loam soils that drain well.
- Dead-heading your flowers once their bloom has faded is a good way to encourage blooms and growth on the rest of the plant. Simply pinch off the expired blooms!
Check in for our next article on those vital veggies!
In the meantime, make sure you take some time to smell the flowers!!