This is a hub for much of the “how to” advice given on this site regarding planting instructions.
This page will give you some helpful tips on how to plant different
plants in your landscape, how to care for those plants, how to establish
and maintain a garden and how to take care of your lawn.
While there are some general rules to follow, different plants do come
with different guidelines. Spending a bit of extra effort to get your
plants properly planted will help ensure a long healthy life in your
Planting Guide – Start here:
- Gardening for Dummies – If you’re new to working with plants in your yard, start here. This page is meant to calm the worries that many “newbie” gardeners have. It’s easy to think that you have to do everything right with your plants in order to get them to grow in your yard, and a new gardener can be devastated with the death of one of their plants. Seasoned gardeners know, however, that there is a lot of trial and error in gardening, and what one person “swears by” another person never does, yet both still have success. Seasoned gardeners are also well-acquainted with the death of many plants, because the reality is that not everyone can grow every plant, not everyone get’s it right all the time, and not every plant is healthy enough to survive. This page will give you some basics on how to get started.
Planting Guide – Annuals, Perennials and Bulbs:
- How to plant a container flower garden
– Annuals, perennials and even bushes can be placed in containers, but
you’ve got to be sure to get enough nutrients in the soil so that those
plants survive, and even thrive, in their containers.
- How to plant flowers – Give your annual flowers the best chance at success by following a few simple steps!
- How to grow daylilies – This is one of the easiest and most rewarding perennials to grow in your garden…find out why!
- Hardening off your plants – If you’re growing your plants from seed, or have purchased them from a small, local grower, they may not be ready for your garden before you take care of this critical step.
- How to plant perennials
– Perennials will be in your garden for many years to come if they are
properly cared for. With perennials, “an ounce of prevention is worth a
pound of cure.” Take extra care to get these plants established in the
ground properly so that they flourish in your garden!
- Dividing perennials – Perennials should be divided at least every 3 to 5 years to keep them happy and healthy.
- How to plant tulips
– I can think of no happier flower than the tulip! While you’ll
probably have success by just tossing bulbs in the soil, get the most
out of your tulip bulbs by planting them right from the start.
Planting Guide – Vegetable Gardens:
- How to plant blueberries
– Blueberries are not as easy to grow as it may seem, and you may have
to amend your soil quite a bit in order to encourage fruit production. Then when you finally have the fruit in 1-3 years, the birds may feast
on it before you ever have a chance to swallow one berry…not to worry,
there are nets to help you with that issue!
- How to plant corn
– Corn is one of the easier plants to grow, but…and this is a big,
ginormous BUT…..the trick is to keep the squirrels (or racoons, or
whatever it is eating my corn at night) away from the ears. Everything
will go smooth as silk until those ears of corn are in full bloom, then
look out! I suppose that’s why scare crows were invented…hmmm…..
- How to grow zucchini – This is literally THE easiest vegetable to grow. It is great for beginners, and really reliable and fun for children!
- How to grow pumpkins – This is probably the second easiest vegetable to grow, although there can be problems and neglecting it may be your best bet!
- How to plant strawberries
– Did you know that strawberries return year after year? What a
beautiful thing! For this reason, you’ll need to select the perfect
location for those berries to fill in every year. And you’ll DEFINITELY
need to protect them from the birds!
- Best time to plant strawberries – Give your strawberry bed the best start in your yard by planting it at the right time!
- How to plant tomatoes
-This is another reliable veggie to start with if you’re new to
gardening. Very easy, dependable and one that does not need extra
protection from predators. Did you know that pairing tomato plants with
potato plants is a good idea? And luckily, potatoes are another easy
plant to grow in the garden!
- How to grow Jerusalem artichokes – Otherwise known as Sunchokes, these plants are ridiculously easy to grow and ridiculously huge…growing to 6-8 feet! Find out more about this interesting perennial whose tubers are edible.
- How to till a garden – This is one of those yearly activities you’ll engage in if you have a vegetable garden in your yard. But did you know that you can actually OVER till?
Planting Guide – Lawn Care Basics:
- How to plant grass seed
-Yes, it is a BIT more involved than tossing seed on a bare patch of
land. That may or may not work for you…these tips, however, should
definitely help get a healthy lawn established!
Planting Guide – Other Stuff:
- Basic herb garden – There’s nothing like fresh herbs when you’re cooking! Plant an herb garden that gives you exactly what you need!
- How to grow cilantro – There are just 2 things you need to know in order to produce a healthy crop of cilantro!
- When and how to prune – If you’re anxious about pruning, scared to ruin your beloved bushes, this article should give you some basic tips to help you get started.
- Children’s garden
– Kids love getting their hands in the dirt! Some plants are easier to
work with than others…use the ones that are the lowest maintenance and
highest reward to give them that feeling of accomplishment!
- Organic weed control – We have historically used far too many pesticides and herbicides to deal with weeds and pests in the landscape. Weeds and bugs are becoming resistant to some of our efforts, and because of this, many gardeners and horticulturists are taking on the challenge or utilize more organic solutions to these pests.
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