Archive for 02/04/2016

April Notebook

Digging for Dirt

  • Now is a great time to repair bare patches in your lawn. First dig out the affected area, lightly fork the bottom of the hole and re-fill with topsoil – the finer the better. Next, gently rake in your grass seed before watering it in. Beware of late frosts and hungry birds! Both will seriously inhibit germination.
  • Everything should be beginning to wake up now ready for the growing season ahead – begin to increase the amount of water you give to your houseplants.
  • The moist weather which usually accompanies spring creates the ideal conditions for applying mulch. Organic mulches can help to retain moisture, suppress weed growth and improve the structure of your soil. Leaf mould and spent mushroom compost are amongst the best. Be sure to clear weeds from beneath your plants beforehand, apply to 5cm of depth and keep clear of central stems and trunks –…

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In my last post I wrote about an article in the current issue of Gardens Illustrated called ‘100 Plants Every Gardener Should Grow’. While I took issue with the title, it has inspired me to do a much more modest list of my own.

I want to stress up front that just because these plants are favorites of mine does not mean that they will perform satisfactorily (or even stay alive) in your garden. Cultural requirements are key, so look that stuff up before you buy. Otherwise, don’t come crying to me if you plant one of these puppies and it doesn’t work out.

Gardens have stars and supporting players, just like movies. Garden stars are plants that really stand out.  For me, that means plants that are especially noticeable due to size or color – or both. Around these stars there must be supporting plants that provide background and…

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