When can I safely plant annuals in the spring?
Answer: Planting annuals after the May 24th weekend should be safe. Please remember that this date is an average. Some years there can be a later frost.
How can I keep my hanging baskets and pots looking fresh and full of flowers?
Answer: Keep three important principles in mind: Daily watering (evening or morning is best); Fertilize your plants with a liquid balanced fertilizer every two weeks; Deadhead and/or pinch back leggy growth which promotes heavier flowering and branching.
Why include Japanese Maples in your garden?
Answer: Japanese Maples look stunning in a garden! They often feature exquisite spring, summer and fall colours. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and types. But you must be aware of your growing zones. I would not hesitate to consider including a Japanese Maple in my garden.
How do I come up with a good design?
Answer: Take a virtual digital garden tour and study the gardens that you like. What is the shape of the garden? What types and varieties of plants do you see?For my garden, I dislike cutting grass and have made my entire yard into a garden with all kinds of features. Extreme?Very much so, but it is where I love to spend my free time.
How often do I need to water my gardens?
Answer: A lot depends upon how much time you have to spend in your gardens. Every garden needs to be watered. Plan your gardens so that once they are established they can survive on rainfall. However, you will need to water new plants every day for at least a week. And you will need to water container plants every day. I apply a good layer of classic cedar mulch every other year in order to enhance moisture retention in my gardens. I also have a Rainmaker sprinkler system that guarantees that my gardens are watered.
Why does a driveway vegetable garden make sense during the pandemic?
Planting a vegetable garden is always a good thing. The kids can help you build, plant, take care of the garden while harvesting fresh vegetables. It’s relatively easy to build: Wood (3 = 1″ X 12″ X 8′; 6 = 2″ x 2″ x 4′); wood screws (1 1/2″); crosscut saw; soil (1 cubic yard of top soil); chicken wire; assorted vegetable seeds and plants.