I currently rent my house and while I plan on buying at the end of this year, I cannot abstain to obtain new and interesting perennial plants at this time. After all, it’s clear out there and new plants have always been a part of my spring. But what can you do when you have a rented property and you plan on moving?
This afternoon, I decided to do the planting, but I was missing two pots and space for them. There was a narrow strip along the side of the house who promised shade and good visibility. The entire barbecue rested there with a few other tools but they quickly entered the garage. To make good use of garden space, I extended the black plastic bags to stop the weeds or grass from breeding and then to put my new perennial pots out on the plastic.
Leaving the plants in pots, I have arranged them as if I planted large plants at the back against the siding of house, to leave the plants some shade. Once before I filled all the pots of peat moss. Peat keeps the right plant pots moist and protects against drying. Once seen to rise or grow, the pots disappear under the peat and the garden looks like it was planted. All I need to do is to keep the moisture of peat moss and plants and they will grow in a garden forever.
When I leave this fall, I will draw up simply pots, put in bags to the top of the peat moss in bags and take my plants to their new home. But in the meantime, I have what appears to be a garden, my scrap space is occupied with plants and my plants will be happy.
Do you have a perennial black thumb? Are you able to kill even the hardiest of perennials? Well, despair no more as this guide will give you all the information you need to grow even the most stubborn of bulbs into a beautiful and healthy flower garden.
Perennials are very popular amongst homeowners, novice gardeners, and professional landscapers, because they are forgiving and come back year after year. The primary needs of these flowers are good quality top soil, plenty of water and sunshine, and your time.
Unfortunately there is a dark side to having a perennial garden. It is the weakness of these flowers when forced to face off with insects and disease. These flowers can succumb to disease or insects even in the off season as they lie dormant beneath the soil.
Prevention is the best defense against disease. By buying only the healthiest of flowers and bulbs you can get a head start and keep disease from creeping into your soil from infected plants. Take your time when picking out the flowers and bulbs for your garden. Reject any that have even the slightest sign of damage, disease, over pruning or insect infestation. Look closely at the soil as many garden shops will trim flowers and mask any signs of infestations. Remember the healthier the flower or bulb is to start the better it will fight off any insects or disease that may already exist in your soil. Sometimes you may find varieties that can with stand most diseases. If you do find these they are worth a little extra money especially if resent plants have died in your soil as there may be existing disease there.
The fights against disease and insects dosen’t stop there. You must remain vigilant and carefully check your plants regularly for signs of problems. I would recommend weekly examinations while you are watering or weeding your plants. If you find holes in the flowers or leaves, any wilted leaves, or any spots, you may have a problem. If you notice even one or two insects you should consider this to be a problem as infestations often start with one or two bugs and grow rapidly.
It is important that you diagnose any infestation or disease early and accurately to have the best chance of fighting it. Consult a garden hand book, the internet, or other source and monitor more frequently if you notice signs of a problem until the problem has gone away.
Be careful in watering your flowers. Do not over water them as it can allow disease to creep into the wet and vulnerable places of the plant. For the best results use a quality deep watering method like a soaker hose or drip irrigation to get water to the deep roots and prevent standing water on the surface.
After the blooming season of your perennials check the recommendations for your breed and prune them carefully and properly. Some flowers need a complete and detailed pruning while some won’t need any pruning at all. If you follow these perennial care instructions and any others specific to your flower variety you will have a vibrant healthy flower garden for many years to come.