Dear Gardening Friends,
We made it to June! However it doesn’t seem much different from May. The good part is plants are loving all the rain and cool weather. Everything is so lush (including the weeds). The bad part is it has been hard or impossible to plant and work in the ground. The following are some tips for this unusual spring.
Patience is still important for the following:
- The houseplants I usually put out for the summer have been on the porch for a few days getting used to the cooler temps. The temps between indoors and out require a gradual move so they will stay on the porch until this cool front passes.
- If the soil is too wet and clumpy it’s best to hold off to plant. When the soil is so wet it doesn’t settle around the plants roots well leaving air pockets which can dry out roots.
- Annuals which have been in a greenhouse will also need an acclimation period before putting out.
- Don’t rush planting tomatoes, herbs and other tender vegetables until the soil is warmer and ready for planting.
- This soft wet soil becomes compacted with every footfall so caution is necessary.
If you do have flats of plants waiting to be planted spread the plants out among a few flats. Keeping them in crowded conditions contributes to rot and other problems.
Perennials from your garden or a nursery can be moved as they are acclimated to the temperatures.
Because the temperatures are supposed to stay cool with more rain into next week I’m still dividing and transplanting perennials. Yesterday I divided a monarda which was quite tall. Cutting back the stems to ½ height will allow the roots to settle in without having to struggle to keep so much foliage alive. The plant will still bloom just possibly little later and with more branching.
As soon as it gets hot and dry moving perennials in the sun is much harder on the plant and it would be best to wait till fall. Shade plants are a little more forgiving.
Any newly planted or moved plants should be watered almost daily depending on how much sun they are in. It’s best to water them before they get droopy as drying out saps their strength and makes them weak. Early morning or evening are the best times to water. Once their roots are well established they will be more tolerant of dry periods.
Weeding is a huge priority. Don’t let them get ahead of you. Once they are well established weeds are much more difficult to remove and they drop seeds to make more weeds for you to deal with. I’m finding it hard to keep up with the weeds this year!
Because of all the wet weather fungal diseases are starting to show up. Keep an eye out. Organic products are available to treat fungal disease but must be applied before symptoms show up. Pre-treating susceptible plants is important.
The deer tick population is increasing as has the incidence of Lymes disease. People are finding them in their gardens. Wherever there are deer and black footed mice there is a chance of ticks. For complete information and suggestions check out the Department of Health in Erie County’s website: http://www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=ticks-lyme-disease. It has a video of how to remove a tick and info on how to prevent as well as identify.
We reuse pots so please drop off left over pots and trays at my home, 170 Pine St (driveway on Lawrence) or 37 N. Union in Wmsvl. (behind the house by back door). I do not use 6 packs or pots smaller than 4 inches. THANKS!
Don’t forget to contact me for a garden consult. I can help improve your garden and gardening practices as well as save you time and money! It’s not too late for improvements.