Time to Climb Into Your Flower Bed
If you're looking forward to a riot of color come summer, now's the time to get reacquainted with your garden. Here's a general schedule for getting plants in the ground:
- Clean up debris from winter and last season.
- Analyze your soil (at a garden shop) and use recommended additives to get it close to ideal conditions (with a pH between 6 and 6.5).
- Fertilize with inorganic 5-10-5 compound (3 pounds per 100 square feet). Then apply potassium sulfate, 0-0-50 (1 pound per 250 square feet). Now work these materials into the top inch of soil.
- Soak the garden well the day before you dig in. Water plants an hour before planting.
- Dig a hole for each plant at the depth and distance from other plants recommended by the plant label. Add about an inch of sharp sand, then some peat humus.
- Plant annuals and perennials in the loosened soil. To keep plants from wilting, plant in the early evening.
- Fill in with soil around plants and soak with warm water. In cool weather, cover the plants the first night after planting and remove cover late the next morning.