Week 5 – Gardening with the drought

Insert planted pots into larger containers for ease in switching them out when they're bloomed out.

The apprentices gathered at the station again today.  We’re hoping for a camera truck next week so we can get out in the garden and get busy.

Most of the Denver Metro area has been advised that with the drought as bad as it is they are revising the watering schedule to two days a week.  You can still have a beautiful deck or patio with lots of color by planting more pots.  You can also put containers around your yard.  There are no restrictions on watering pots and containers. 

Today we continued planting cool weather plants in containers.  We used the trick we learned last year about putting a planted pot into a container so if it’s too cold at night you can just lift the pot out and take it inside until it’s hardened off or it gets warmer at night.  When the cool weather plants are finished you can just remove the pot and plant something else in the hole without a lot of mess.

Cool weather plants we potted today were dianthus, ranunculus, primrose, dusty miller, and lobelia along with the stock, snapdragons, pansies, kale, lettuce, and the tulip, daffodil and hyacinth bulbs that are blooming.

If you didn’t plant any bulbs your local garden center should have pots of them blooming right now.  You could use those pots to put in larger containers as the plants you will switch out later.

Happy Gardening (even with the drought)!!

To see this week’s segment visit:  http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=328441

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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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