In the garden

some tid bit about annuals here

 

Annual pre-planting

Introduce yourself to the new varieties of annuals each spring.

 

selection

Introduce yourself to the new varieties of annuals each spring. Look for shade tolerant annuals for shady locations and sun loving annuals for hot, sunny locations. Decide where you require color in your yard for the months of May to September. For the best success choose vigorously growing plants that are dark green, short in height, and just about to bloom.

 

soil preparation

Garden and Bed Soil Preparation Ideally, soil preparation for the planting of seeds and seedlings will be done in the fall. If this is not possible, however, organic material, such as compost or manure, should be worked into the soil in the spring. This will help the soil retain moisture, improve drainage, add oxygen and improve root growth.

 

fall soil preparation

  1. Remove all garden debris from planting site and add to composter for future use.

  2. Spread layer of organic material several inches thick over area. Compost or manure is ideal for this.

  3. Turn organic material into existing soil using a gardening fork.
    Note: Large lumps should be left in the soil at this point. Frost helps to break soil into a less dense soil structure, ideal for plant growth and moisture retention.

  4. Turn again in the spring, shortly before planting. Break down large lumps of soil with a garden fork.
    Note: Slow release fertilizer can be turned into the garden at this point, if desired.

 

 

spring soil preparation

  1. Remove all garden debris from planting site a few weeks before planting.

  2. Turn existing soil using gardening fork, breaking up lumps.

  3. Add 4-6" of organic material and turn over again.
    Note: Gypsum can be added to heavy clay soil to make it easier to dig in organic material.

 

pre-planting care

Store bedding-out plants that can not be planted the same day they are purchased in a shady location. Water the packs or flats well to prevent wilting.