It’s the fifth most used cut flower in the world, comes in single, semi double, double and spider type flowers and is the 2013 Flower of the Year. Did you guess? It’s Gerbera Daisy.
It’s no surprise that this popular cut flower has moved into the garden. Plant gerbera daisies in full sun or morning sun locations.
Grow these in moist, well-drained slightly acidic soil. Watch for leaf yellowing, chlorosis, in high pH soils and black spots on the leaves in very acidic soils. If either extreme is a problem, consider growing these in a container.
Use a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer, like Milorganite, in the soil at planting and if needed a second application mid-season. You reduce your work load and won’t have to worry about interfering with flowering or fertilizer burn.
Increase bloom by thinning out large leaves that prevent light from reaching the center of the plant. The more light the growing point receives the more flowers that will be produced.
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Don’t panic if your spring garden lacks the vim and vigor the past. You can improve the health and beauty of your garden without starting over.
Remove any existing weeds and spread a one to two inch layer of compost over the soil surface in the garden. Earthworms, ground beetles and other insects will move it through the soil and eventually down to where the bulbs and flowers are growing. You can speed up the process with vertical mulching. Purchase one of the bulb planting auger bits. Drill holes into the soil between existing bulbs and perennials. This aerates the soil while moving the compost into the root zone of the existing plants.
Then mulch the soil surface with shredded leaves, pine needles or other organic matter. As these materials break down they too will be moved into the soil to improve the growing conditions for your bulbs and other plants.
A bit more information: Give perennials plenty of room to recover and reach their full size. Temporarily fill in voids with annuals like Blue Horizon ageratum, Profusion zinnia and other annuals for instant beauty. They add season long color and compete with weeds until the perennials fill the space.
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Summer heat and drought can be hard on our plants and impact our gardens beauty and productivity. We can’t change the weather but we can help our plants through these stressful times.
Stressed plants often fail to flower. Extreme heat or cold prevents tomatoes from setting fruit and causes peppers to drop their blossoms. The same goes for many of our ornamental plants. Some flowers like sweet alyssum and lobelia tend to stop flowering during hot weather. Grow more heat tolerant varieties like Snow Princess and the variegated Frosty Knight alyssum as well as Laguna and Techno lobelia.
And when the heat sets in, reduce the stress on your plants. Mulch the soil to keep roots cool and moist during hot weather. Water thoroughly but less frequently to encourage deep roots that are more heat and drought tolerant. And don’t apply high nitrogen quick release fertilizers than can damage stressed plants.
A bit more information: Proper soil preparation and fertilization will improve the overall health and vigor of your plants making them more heat and drought tolerant. Use a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer like Milorganite (miklorganite.com) at the start of the season. If the season turns hot and dry, it will not damage your plants. Consider using a plant strengthener like JAZ Spray (jazsprays.com)to increase your plants natural defenses making them more resistant to heat and drought stress as well as insect and disease infestations.
Make everyday Earth Day and commit to managing your landscape and gardens in tune with nature.
Working with nature means less work for you in the long run, a better looking landscape and more produce from your gardens. Prepare a good foundation for your plants by incorporating organic matter such as compost into the top 6 to 12 inches of soil. It improves drainage in heavy soil and increases the water-holding ability of sandy soil.
Then, select the right plant for the growing conditions. Make sure the plants you purchase are low maintenance, suited to your gardening style, and will fit the available space when mature. And choose the most disease and insect resistant varieties available. You’ll avoid problems and minimize, if not eliminate, the need to manage these problems.
Recycle fall leaves and evergreen needles into moisture-conserving, weed-suppressing mulch. Once established, your plants will need minimal care.
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The two guys from A Great Big World stopped by the Mix studios to sing their hit, "Say Something" and it happened...I cried.
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Create a Pest Management Calendar
Is your mailbox filling with next year's calendars? Put them to use managing pests in the garden.
No, I'm not talking about smashing insects with the rolled up calendar. Instead, use them to develop a pest-monitoring calendar for next year.
Take a few minutes to review this year's garden journal. Look for notes on any pest problems you encountered. Make a note to watch for these pests in next year's calendar. This helps with early detection; a key to successful control.
Consider adding notes about the weather and control measures you tried that were effective. Try using preventative eco-friendly measures like barriers and traps to prevent problems. Covering your cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower before the cabbageworm moths are active allows you to prevent damage.
Setting out shallow cans of stale beer will help you minimize feeding damage by slugs and snails during wet weather.
A bit more information: No garden journal? This is a good opportunity to create one that includes your growing successes, failures as well as pest problems. Use a spiral notebook, three-ring binder or computer calendar or spreadsheet. Just make it easy and fun. That way you are sure to keep recording, referencing and putting your gardening experiences to work.
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