Week 4 – It’s time to pot up some cool weather plants

Planting pansy and stock pots

We were a colorful bunch this week.  We had a truck scheduled to plant pots on Rob’s patio but were preempted again so we went to the station and set up the pots.  It’s time to plant some cool weather plants to enjoy until it starts to get warmer.

The weather is great now for pansies.  If you have had them outside they should be ok from now on.  If you are just planting them remember to harden them off before leaving them out in the cold.  Just bring them in at night and put them out during the day for 5 to 7 days and then you should be able to leave them out.

Cool weather plants you can pot now are pansies, stock, snapdragons, dianthus, primroses, kale and leaf lettuce.  These make beautiful pots.  Make sure you “jam them in” (for a technical term) so they’ll fill in quickly and look good.  Make sure after you put your plants in the pot they are firmly pressed down into the soil. 

If you have pots from last year and want to use the same soil make sure you mix it with some new soil.  About half and half would be good.  Start fertilizing your pots with a good bloom fertilizer.  I like Age Old Bloom.  It’s a nice product that will help keep your plant blooming with nice big healthy blooms.  The soil I like to use is Roots Greenfields.  It has all the nutrients that you need so you don’t have to mix anything with the soil.  Remember to fertilize weekly.

In a few weeks when it gets warmer we’ll switch out these cool weather plants for some hot weather summer plants like geraniums, gerbera, daisies, and other fun plants.

It’s also time to plant your cool weather veggies.  Peas, beans, potatoes, onion sets, carrots, radishes, leafy greens, strawberries, and rhubarb could all be planted now.  Things like peas will be ready for harvest around June and then you can plant a hot weather crop for a fall harvest.

Happy Gardening!!

To view this week’s segment visit:  http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=326950

You can also get there by going to Rob’s web page www.proctorsgarden.com

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About pbodwell

Master Gardener; Nat'l Award Winning Photographer; Garden Writer; Artist - art books, print maker, hot glass, wire jewelry designer; sometime quilter; new homesteader; bee keeper; very crafty; Baseball fan, enthusiast, and researcher; all things vintage
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