This week was fun. We had a pop quiz on gardening terms. This is also our last week as apprentices for this year. Next week we will put out a request for new apprentices for the rest of this year.
HARDENING OFF – This is the term for acclimating your plants to the conditions they will live in. If your plants have been nice and cozy growing in a greenhouse they need to slowly get used to the conditions you put them in. Cold or strong sun can kill a plant that isn’t ready for it very quickly. Move your plants in and out of the house or garage for a few hours a day for 3-5 days before planting them.
DEADHEADING – Removing dead blooms and leggy stems helps produce new growth and blooms on your plants. Don’t be afraid. Get that stuff off there to keep your plant healthy with more beautiful blooms.
HERBICIDE – Herbicide is a plant killer and this was a joke. Rob announced that Corey Rose (9News anchor) is a herbicide – HAHAHA
ANNUAL – This is a plant you have to plant every year. It is not sturdy enough to last through the harsh winter conditions. Once it’s over, it’s over. These are sometimes very particular about needing hardening off if you pick them up from your local greenhouse.
PERENNIAL – This is a plant that comes back year after year. These are nice for the garden. They are a little more expensive than annuals but they last for years.
BIENNIAL – This is a plant that blooms every other year. Some Hollyhocks and foxglove are an example. If you want these every year, plant them two years in a row so you might have some every year. Or if they drop seed and multiply they will take care of themselves.
DIRECT SOW – This means you put seeds directly in the ground. Like cool weather veggies, like peas.
MULCH – I thought this could be wood but not according to Rob. This is a nice organic matter. Leaves make a good natural mulch. I still like to put the tiny mini wood chips around new plants.
DECIDUOUS – These are trees or shrubs that drop their leaves.
XERISCAPE – This is a term for plants that don’t need much water. This term was created here in Colorado for conditions we suffer in our region. Clay soil and very dry. There are different levels of xeriscape – X XX XXX – the more X’s you see on a plant, the less water it needs.
So far, so fun.
I have been waiting on the video for this week to be posted on the 9News site. It hasn’t shown up yet. When it does I will update the blog. There is always lots of info and fun stuff on Rob’s website: www.proctorsgarden.com