Will those new plants survive

 

Springtime…… the arrival of warm temperatures, the end of another  long winter,  green grass emerging from the winter browns, trees sprouting leaves and the beginning of new growing season.  Spring is also the time a steady flow of people perform an annual ritual; a trip (well, usually multiple trips)  to the green house or garden centre to purchase new seedlings. They fondly recall how last year, they converted a drab looking yard into a colorful one adorned with beautiful flowers and healthy plants. And how those little seedlings flourished into a bountiful harvest of home grown food.
Tricks to the trade to facilitate a successful growing season and maintain healthy plants
We have all been witness to the fact that not every plant that looked so lush and healthy in the greenhouse ends up the same way when it takes permanent residence in our gardens or containers. Bedding plants, vegetables, flowers, shrubs, fruit trees, lawns, gardens and containers. It’s a lifetime of learning and experience, but Andrea Cleland of Arber Greenhouses offers  a few simple tips to start us on our way to  achieving a dream of a having beautiful and bountiful yard and garden.
“Now that it appears we can have our planters and baskets safely outside, here are some care tips to assure they remain lush and attractive all season long. Check now to see if there is a spot that still needs to be filled. Perhaps a plant has died or you may have underestimated the number of plants required. If any of the plants look small and skinny, pinch out the growing tip to encourage side growth.
Your containers and baskets are totally dependent on you for all of their nutrients. Just as a puppy will die if you don't feed it, so will a plant - the death just takes a longer time. Therefore fertilize with a weak solution of fertilizer every time you water or once a week at the dilution rate indicated on the fertilizer container. We generally recommend a 15-30-15 or a 20-20-20, all purpose fertilizer. Avid gardeners often fine tune their feeding programs so you may wish to follow their advice.
Deadhead flowering plants regularly - that is cut off the spent blossoms. This keeps the planter looking very fresh, plus allows the plants to support new blossom growth rather than producing seed.
If plants get gangly cut them back to about 4 or 5 leaf nodes from the root. Alternatively, practice the habit of cutting back one stem on each plant about once a week. You will never miss that stem and it allows the plant to put out fresh new growth from which the best blooms can grow.
Healthy planters and baskets can handle a lot but on those really windy days or if hail is a threat try to bring them in under some cover.”
Each yard, each garden and each plant will raise many questions.  
Andrea concludes, “Enjoy a long colorful summer with your beautiful baskets and planters, yards and gardens”.
More Stories:
  • Alberta Farm Days 2014 Discover Alberta’s culinary treasures during the second annual Alberta Open Farm Days, August 23 and 24. “From farm visits for the whole family, to one-of-a-kind culinary experience for foodies, Open Farm Days is a great ...
  • Odysseo By Cavalia – The ‘Fusion’ Show It’s almost impossible to describe the show Odysseo by Cavalia that is taking place in Edmonton, without personally experiencing this unique theatrical performance. It’s not a horse show, although 64 horses participate. It’s ...
  • Making Dreams Come True Imagine for a moment sitting in the front of a race car, feeling the heat of the engine and the roar of the horsepower as it carries you across the finish line in first place. The inner track is filled with other drivers ...
  • I-Robot Arrives In Leduc! On Thursday, July 17th, 2014 two robots arrived at the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) on their way to K-Days. For an hour FURO-D and her younger more versatile sister, FURO-S, demonstrated their capabilities to the ...
  • Alberta Prairie Classroom On Wheels (C.O.W. Bus) When did you learn how to read? At the Centre for family Literacy, we believe that literacy development begins at birth. Our homes are our first schools and our families are our first teachers. When children see family members ...
  • Millet And Area Mourns The Passing Of A Giant Submitted by Brenda Jackson Communities are made up of wonderful people, and we are deeply saddened by the loss of one we called ours for many years - Laurence ‘Laurie’ Linaker. If I could describe Laurie in just a couple ...
  • $17,578 Grant Awarded To Warburg Ag Society On Monday, July 14, Honourable Diana McQueen, Minister of Energy and MLA for Drayton Valley-Devon, met with Warburg Agricultural Society President Les Nemeth and Ag Society member Treasa Nemeth at the constituency office. ...
  • Stage 7 Of Southfork Set To Go The next phase of development in Southfork will see the long-awaited second entrance put in. During the City of Leduc’s June 14 council meeting, manager of Current Planning and Development Carol Hampton said the second access ...
  • Bike Night Raising Funds For Great Causes Terry Evans of Edmonton Classic Rock Station K-97 hosts, “Bike Night” each Tuesday night at Blackjack’s Roadhouse in Nisku, Alberta. Each week Bike Night raises funds for a charitable cause through the Poker Run and Charity ...
  • Canada’s Amelia Earhart Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic and we all know about her ill-fated attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Earhart inspired hundreds of women to become airplane pilots and instill in ...
  • Heimdal Walk For Global Care Heimdal Community Church, located east and a little south of Leduc, held its 39th Walk-A-Thon for Global Care with 77 walkers participating. All of the $70,000 raised by the walkers, plus any additional donations so dedicated, ...
  • RCMP Musical Ride Coming To Leduc The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will bring the Musical Ride to Amberlea Meadows on July 25th and 26th for Leduc and area residents. This will be the Ride’s second visit to Amberlea Meadows, as they demonstrated their ...
  • New Fibre Optic Cables Set To Increase Internet Speed Throughout Wetaskiwin Beginning this summer, TELUS will be connecting more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Wetaskiwin directly to fibre optic cables. This build – which comes at no cost to the municipality or its residents – will bring ...
  • Ma-Me-O Beach Legion Branch Funds Local Reading Program Submitted by Patrick Miller Every summer the Lakedale and Area Community Library Society is involved in a reading program for the children at the Pigeon Lake Public Library in Ma-Me-O Beach Alberta. Royal Canadian Legion ...
  • Jazzy Week In Wetaskiwin Music was the focus for 12 youth (day session) and 8 adults (evening session for 16+) every day from July 6th to 11th at the Grace Lutheran Church in Wetaskiwin. The Church was the venue for the 6th annual Wetaskiwin Jazz ...




 
  • Leduc Radio Ad
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia