When spring arrives, most of us look forward to the nice weather, a cruise in the car, an ice-cold beer or cocktail. But perhaps the best thing that we have when the sun arrives is our annual, perrenial, and vegetable and herb gardens.
Most of us have that thing we call a Green Thumb, and our plants and herbs thrive and survive all season long. But for others, a little guidance is necessary and that's not a bad thing!
No matter how big or small the plant, the following guide can give you a heads-up about what you need to know to ensure your annuals, perrenials, trees, shrubs, and vegetable gardens.
Things You Will Need-The plant(s) of your choice
-A good location to transplant your plant(s)
-A trowel or shovel (depends on the size of the plant(s) and the size of the hole you need to dig)
-A few bags of nutrient-enriched soil
-A few bags of topsoil
-Mulch (colour of your choice)
-Water hose and nozzle
ANNUALS, PERRENIALS, TREES, AND SHRUBS:
Contrary to popular belief, it really is not a chore to take care of these plants IF planted properly. The process to this is simple:
1. Dig a hole a few inches (2-3 in. is best) wider than the pot that the plant came in.
2. Put the nutrient-enriched soil into the hole, about a-third of the depth of the hole. If possible, try to buy a soil that retains moisture, so you won't have to water as frequently.
3. Put the plant into the hole, ensuring that the roots have enough room to develop and grow. If it seems like it won't, make the hole a little bit wider and fill in with the soil a little bit more.
4. Once the plant is in, put some more nutrient-enriched soil around the roots of the plant, and half-way up the stalk, and give it a good water.
5. Finally, put some topsoil around the remainder of the hole and gently pat down. The topsoil will help conceal moisture. If desired, drop some plant food pellets around the topsoil. Give the topsoil a heavy soaking, to ensure that the plant food is properly soaked into the ground.
Vegetables can be planted following the same procedure, especially if you know they are going to grow big and abundant.
For smalled vegetables and almost all herbs, consider planting them in a window box or planted. This can ensure that animals won't get to them.
Herbs actually tend to do better in planters moreso than in the ground, because they're not exposed to the elements as much, as herbs tend to be fragile.
To ensure your herbs and small vegetables do well, follow these steps:
1. Put some nutrient-enriched soil into the bottom of the planter or window box.
2. Place the herbs and vegetables inside, ensuring that they are spaced out enough so the roots of each plant have enough room to grow.
3. Place some more of the nutrient-enriched soil into the box, covering the roots and almost all of the plant stalk, and give it a good soaking.
4. Finally, place a small amount of topsoil around the plant, to conceal in moisture, and give a good water.
By following these steps, you can be sure that you will have an abundant garden of fresh vegetables and herbs, and beautiful flowers, shrubs, and trees. Happy gardening!