Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and for many Secondwind Water Systems employees, it’s time to get gardening! We seem to have a lot of green thumbs around the office and during this time of year, many of us are sharing planting tips and photos from our gardens.
In this month’s blog, we share some gardening tips, along with our favorite gardening photos from the Secondwind team. Looking for more garden-related recipes and ideas? Be sure to download our Gardening E-book.
Gardening Tips from the Secondwind Team
If you spend a little more time getting your garden off to a good start, you’ll reap the benefits all season long.
1. Select Healthy Plants
When purchasing your plants, make sure they are free of insects and disease. Look for leaves that are deep green or the proper color for your plant variety. Avoid buying any plants that show signs of stress, including spots, brown leaves, and holes.
2. Know that Bigger isn’t Always Better
When purchasing perennials, keep in mind that bigger isn’t always better. Instead, look for compact plants with multiple, sturdy stems.
3. Don’t Forget About the Water
To give your plants a good start, generously water them before and after placing them in your garden. Early on, be sure to water your plants twice a day. Gradually reduce the frequency until your plants only need to be watered once a week in heavy clay soils and twice a week in sandy soils. When the temperature rises, you’ll need to water your plants more often, of course.
4. Prepare Your Soil Before Planting
Building a good foundation for your garden will pay off this season and beyond. Dig one or two inches of compost, add peat moss or other organic matter, and a low nitrogen slow-release fertilizer into the top 12 inches of the soil.
5. Release the Roots
Slide, don’t yank your plants out of their containers to avoid damaging roots and stems. If necessary, gently squeeze small flexible pots and roll larger pots on their sides to loosen the roots and release the plant from its container. Gently pull apart any roots that encircle the root ball, or carefully use a knife to slice through any tangled root masses. This will encourage the roots to explore the soil beyond the planting hole.
6. Determine Your Planting Depth
Your plants should be set at the same depth they were growing in their container. (Exception: tall, “leggy” tomato plants. These can be planted deeper or in shallow trenches to encourage roots to form along the buried stem.)
7. Cover it Up
Cover the roots with soil and gently tamp to ensure good root-to-soil contact. After thoroughly watering your plant, spread a thin layer of mulch, shredded leaves, or evergreen needles over the soil to conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and keep the roots cool when the hot weather moves in for the summer.
Enjoying a Beautiful Garden All Season Long
Getting your garden off to the right start with proper planting and post planting care will mean less maintenance, fewer pests, and healthier produce and flowers all season long!
Happy gardening from the Secondwind Team!