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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 1, 2009 10:00 PM

I hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving, and you don’t have too many leftovers. I sent most leftovers home with guests.

Christmas is right around the corner; it’s time to switch gears. I hope you have completed the fertilizing and mulching, taken proper precaution for the house plants and tender potted plants, and have repotted necessary plants in a protected area. If you have new transplants, prepare to cover them with a row cover, cans, or jugs in case of freezing weather. It’s time to dig and separate perennials that have finished blooming. Plant them elsewhere or give them to friends. It’s time to get the daffodils planted, plus bulbs of tulips and hyacinth may now be planted.

Fall is for planting. Trees and shrubs planted this time of year have more time to develop good roots before the hot summer begins again. When Spring growth starts, the plants are already ahead. Feeding and watering will give the plants an extra boost. When you are digging a hole for a tree or shrub, don’t dig a ‘pretty’ hole; dig one that is ugly, with square, uneven sides and a little deeper than the container the plant is in. It is recommended to use half of the soil that was taken from the planting hole, mix with compost, cottonseed meal, and a good soil. Placing the water hose in the planting hole will guarantee that the tree or plant will be well watered. It’s difficult to know for certain if large roots have been completely saturated after the initial planting. Water at least once a week after planting, unless we get a lot of rain. Most plants need one inch of water per week. The reason you don’t want to dig a pretty, round hole is the roots will settle in, continue to go in circles and will girdle the roots of the tree and will be short lived.

When looking for gifts for gardening friends, remember gardening books, garden art, pots, and gift certificates to their favorite nursery.

Tip: To harden off plants and make them more resistant to cold weather, mix two tablespoons of liquid seaweed with one gallon of water and spray on the foliage, not the soil.

Have you seen all the lovely decorations in town?

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