Tips

Planting Containers

1. Fill your container 2/3 of the way with all-purpose potting soil.

2. Mix some fertilizer into the soil in the container. 

3. Moistening the soil so it’s damp is an important step if your potting soil is old or on the dry side. Most fresh bags of soil should take up water evenly when you water the plants in.

4. Plant your container. It helps to gently loosen the roots of each plant to enhance root development.

5. Fill the nooks and crannies with moist potting soil. Pack soil gently.

6. Water your newly planted container thoroughly (until water comes out the bottom) and enjoy!

Planting Hanging Baskets

1. For plastic or pulp pots: Gather your basket, plants, and all-purpose potting soil. For wire baskets: You can line it with moss or coir. If you have chosen to use moss, moisten it by presoaking it in a bucket of water. If you are using coir in your basket lay it in the frame. You can make holes in the liner to slide plants in the side if you wish, this works especially nice with Spillers.

2. Fill the basket 1/3 of the way with potting soil. Lightly moisten the potting soil if it is old or very dry.

3. Take your plants out of the pots and place them into the basket. It helps to gently loosen the roots of each plant to enhance root development. Fill dirt in around the plants and firm it in. Water well- until water comes out the bottom. Hang up and admire your beautiful basket!

​Gardening 101

 

Seeds best sown indoors in late winter or early spring

  • Asparagus, broccoli, cabbage (early and mid season varieties), eggplant, leeks

  • Marigold, onions, pansy, parsley, peppers, petunia

  • Pot marigold, scarlet sage, snapdragon, tobacco (flowering), tomato

Seeds best sown directly outdoors in spring or summer

  • Bachelor's button, balloon flower, beans, beets, cabbage (late varieties), carrots, corn, cosmos, cucumber, four-o'clocks

  • Hollyhock, lettuce, lupine, melons, morning glory, moss rose, nasturtium, peas, poppy

  • Primrose (sow in late summer), radish, spider flower, spinach, squash, sunflower, sweet pea, zinnia

Seeds that can be sown either indoors or directly outdoors

  • Aster, astilbe, bee balm, bellflower, black-eyed Susan, blazing star, canterbury bells

  • Cauliflower, chives, clematis, columbine, coneflower, coreopsis, delphinium, foxglove, pinks

Plant a Vegetable Patch

 

  • Till the soil. This helps work in any organic matter and compost as well as removes weeds and grasses. Then smooth out the soil with a rake so it is level.

  • Sow small seeds and disperse as thickly as you can, plan to thin plants out later on. Larger seeds should be spaced out in intervals along furrows depending on the instructions for each individual plant.

  • Cover the seeds with soil about the same amount as the diameter of the seed. If they are extra fine seeds, leave them uncovered or sow them 1/8 inch deep if they need darkness to germinate.

  • To know what you have planted and where they are located, be sure to label your plants. On the label, you will want to include the plant name and type, when it was planted, the number of days until it should be ready for harvest, and any other important information needed.

  • In order to settle the seeds in their new location, it is best to give them a light watering. Make sure the seeds are kept moist until you see signs of growth. As the plants grow and establish you can begin gradually cutting back on the water.

How to start a vegetable garden