May Gardening

Plant a Flower Garden for Mother’s Day
Fresh cut flowers are one of the most popular Mother’s Day gifts, with Americans spending billions of dollars on them annually. Bouquets make for a beautiful gift, but they aren’t the only option. Mother’s Day is one of the biggest planting times for warm-season flowers, so it is a great time to plant your garden in time for it to be enjoyed all season long. The following flowers can be planted outdoors on or around Mother’s Day: Marigolds, Geraniums, Bee Balm, Calendula, Cosmos, Nasturtium, Strawflower, Sunflower, Begonia, Dahlias, and Zinnias. Next time you are at our retail office, take a walk around our retail area and look at the flower garden we planted in the decorative rock area.
Plant a Warm-Season Annual Garden
This time of year is ideal for planting a warm-season annual garden as the weather turns warm. Most plants used in warm-season gardens are annuals that must be replanted each year. Mother’s Day is also typically the right time to plant temperature-sensitive varieties, such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, and corn, now that the danger of frost has passed. We are in the process of planting our own pumpkin patch comprised of giant and regular-sized pumpkins with our USCC certified compost that we now make onsite. Stay tuned for updates!

Garden Soil Preparation
One of the most common gardening mistakes is not feeding the soil before planting. A healthy, living, nutrient-rich soil is key to having a successful garden. Healthy soil is made up of both living and nonliving elements that together provide the basis for maintaining plant life. Plants, like us, require a well-balanced diet of nutrients which should be provided by the soil, rather than synthetic fertilizers. One of the best ways to feed the soil is to amend it with organic matter, such as compost, which will break down slowly over time. Currently, we carry two types of compost made from either yard debris or dairy cow manure, or you can purchase them together as Compost Mix.

New Product Alert – Worm Castings
Stay tuned! In the near future we will begin carrying a new and exciting soil amendment: worm castings! This is the result of composting worms, such as Red Wigglers, consuming organic matter and producing a waste product that is beneficial and safe for all plants. When used as a soil amendment, its diverse microbial populations and nutrient content act as a natural fertilizer to provide the following benefits to both the soil and the plants:
• Improve soil structure
• Conserve water and increase drought tolerance
• Provide micro and macro nutrients that are in a plant-available form