Even though our weather has been jumping from 50 to 90 degrees depending upon the day, the flowers are starting to bloom.
It’s also the season to plant containers, and if you’ve bought annuals this year you know the prices are up substantially. Six packs became four packs last year, and this year there are a lot of singles.
I normally buy six packs of Marigolds each year. This year the color I wanted was in single pots so I went through them to find doubles so I could divide them. Cheap, frugal? Whatever, you want to call it, annuals only last here for about 12 weeks, and then they move to the compost bin. If you’ve never tried dividing plants, it’s pretty easy. You just need enough root material to transplant.
Gardening is an adventure and there are many learning moments. Several weeks back I potted up my canna bulbs hoping to give them a head start. No problem with potting up, but I watered them, and a vast majority rotted. The secret is to pot up and not water until they produce new sprouts. Hard lesson, but I’ve learned and won’t do it again.
Speaking of lessons, I planted two tanks approximately 3′ apart the same day with the same seeds and soil mixture. I put lettuce and carrots on the edges, and in the center planted beans in one and peas in the other. Take a look. Interesting, huh.
The week before Memorial Day is always a big gardening week. I’ve got annuals, perennials, more Cannas, and Rose of Sharon bushes waiting to be planted. If you’re looking for me, check outside. 😎
Have a great week and holiday weekend – stay well, safe, and have fun. Are you traveling or staying close to home?