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Helpful Gardening Tips & Facts
For more gardening tips visit huntersgardencentre.com/tips or contact your nearest Hunters Garden Centre with your gardening questions anytime!
Tip 1: What do I need to start seeds?
There are several important things that you will need for starting seeds. This includes:
Flower or vegetable seeds
Seed trays (or pots)
Sterile growing medium (potting soil or starter mix)
Fertilizer (ex. Plant Prod Starter Mix 10-52-10)
Bulb Dust (optional)
Tip 2: What can I Grow?
When choosing vegetable seeds consider whether you would prefer to eat them fresh, cook them, or store them for later use. Most seed packages indicate the best use for each variety.
Cool Weather Crops – are the first ones to be sown or planted, usually in March or April. These include; cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, carrots, radishes, peas, broad beans, potatoes, onions, garlic, and turnips.
Warm Weather Crops – are usually planted in May when all danger of frost has past. At this time you can sow; beans, corn, cucumbers, peppers, squash, and tomatoes.
Late Crop Vegetables – are usually planted in June or July. At this time you can plant; cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, parsnips, and leeks. You can also start fall crops of lettuce.
Tip 3: Drying Herbs
Cut leafy herbs for drying early in the day. Oil content is highest at this time. Leafy herbs are ready from the time flower buds begin to form until the flowers are half open (exception; parsley can be cut anytime, sage and tarragon cut early in the summer). Don’t cut perennial herbs back more than one third. Annual herbs may be cut 2 and 3 crops for drying during summer. Don’t cut perennial herbs after September or new growth won’t have a chance to mature before cold weather.
Leafy Herbs: Tie woody-stemmed herbs in small bundles, hang upside down -dry in a dark room to preserve colour, good air circulation and warm temperature. Your herbs will be crumbly dry in a few days to a week – store in an air tight container.
Seed Herbs: The seeds are ready when they turn brown, dry the seeds in the sun for several days – separate chaff from seed, continue to dry in the sun for another 1 1/2 weeks – store in an air tight container.
Tip 4: Controlling Moss in your Lawn
The main reasons for moss in lawns are; poor fertilizing, poor drainage and poor lawn management. In order to prevent moss from developing it is important to fertilize and water properly as well as improve drainage in the affected areas. In order to kill existing moss you should apply a moss killer. Granular moss killer should be applied to a wet lawn on a dry day and will usually kill moss in 24 hours. After the moss has been killed it should be removed with a rake, or using a power rake. Then it is best to apply a fertilizer to re-invigorate the grass that remains.
Tip 5: Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas are available in hundreds of varieties; they tolerate shade and are relatively low maintenance. As a long flowering shrub they are an excellent garden centerpiece. Hydrangeas bloom early June into September. Their blooms are also excellent long lasting cut glowers. If you have ever had a Hydrangea that did not flower and did not understand why, then the ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangea is for you! It’s a mophead hydrangea that can bloom on both old and new wood. So no matter how you prune them they flower every year.
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