As spring moves forward and the earth gets warmer we all start to crave our favorite bedding plants. Bedding plants are also referred to as Annuals. Annuals add a splash of color to any landscape. Their range of colors and varieties are endless and offer something for everyone. Whether it be Gerberas, Cosmos, Geraniums, Marigolds, Impatiens or Dahlias they all need a few key products to keep them beautiful all season long.
Aside from their decorative value, mulches offer many benefits to your soil and plants. Mulch reduces the amount of water lost through evaporation by shielding the soil from the sun’s drying rays. It keeps the soil cooler during the summer and acts as an insulator through the cold winter months lessening the effects of fluctuating temperatures on plant roots which in turn decreases their susceptibility to frost heaving. Organic matter is added to the soil as the mulch breaks down. Increasing the soil organic matter will improve a soil’s moisture and nutrient holding capacity, structure, and drainage. Mulch also encourages the activity of beneficial soil organisms, Weed growth is suppressed by the use of a mulch as is the spread of some plant diseases. Mulched plots are also less prone to erosion. Continue reading Mulching 101
To ensure attractive healthy annuals all season, choose full, well branched plants with good foliage color and – on flowering annuals – an abundance of buds. Don’t go for the biggest plants or most open blooms, these are more likely to be leggy and burned out too soon. If the latter is all you find, you can improve their appearance and longevity by pruning them back by about one third to encourage branching and fresh growth. Continue reading Tips for Annual Selection & Care
After you select the types of tomatoes you like best, follow these easy tips to get the best from them:
Know the line-up? Start the rotation. Like baseball, except this part: don’t plant tomatoes over and over in the same spot. It tends to promote plant diseases. Continue reading Choosing the Right Tomato