Week 12 – Keep grass out of your garden & yes, it is now time for tomatoes

Great natural way to keep the pests away

The apprentices were very busy this week.  A beautiful day to work in the garden and we’re getting it ready for the June 9th tour to benefit the Denver Dumb Friend’s League.  Last year we donated over $10,000.  If you would like to see Rob’s garden, love animals and would like to support a worthwhile cause, come on down.  Tickets may be purchased early at Tagawa Gardens for $8 or $10 at the garden on the day of the tour. (Info to follow).

Today we straightened out the edges of our garden using the garden trench (garden gutter) method.  This is a great inexpensive way to keep grass out of your garden.  It’s a European method that needs to catch on here.  Grass always creeps over and under edging and rock or brick or whatever we try to use to keep it out. Try this method and you won’t be sorry.  It needs to be cleaned out at the beginning of every season but it’s well worth it.

Cut a trench 6 inches deep and 6 inches wide between the edge of your garden and the grass.  The idea is the roots of the grass go down about 6 inches and they can’t grow sideways into air so they don’t creep over into your garden.  I’ve done this and it works great.  I did get feedback from a friend it didn’t work for her because it was on a slope and the soil kept washing back into the trench.  If you have enough plants in the garden the soil won’t be able to wash away.  The soil will wash into the trench during the winter but it just take a little time to clean it out and even it up the next year.  To make your lines straight (if you choose) just run a string line and cut along the line.

Notice the trench on both sides of the garden

We all got extra credit this week for going to the garden extra days to help plant the 600 annual plants that were delivered from In ColorWe received some Nicotiana, marigolds that we companion planted in the veggie garden to keep the pests away, and another blooming plant that I don’t remember.  Lots of planting to do.  We plant these annuals in the perennial bed to fill empty spots and give it lots of color.  This is how Rob’s garden looks so good.  Every spot is planted with something.  If not a perennial that will come back, there’s an annual there to take up space and make it look good and give lots of color.  Also, there are lots of potted annuals that are placed within the perennial bed.  As the year goes on the plants in the pots can be changed out with seasonal annuals.

Ok, ready, set, go!!  We’ve said to keep waiting for the warmer weather and you may now plant tomatoes, squash, peppers, cucumbers and all the other things you want to grow in your veggie garden.  It is now 50 degrees or more at night (except for a couple of nights here and there).  The local garden center should have all sizes of tomatoes and other veggie plants to get you going.  It’s now too late for seed so get the size you want and get it in the ground or your pots.  I like doing tomatoes and peppers in pots on my deck.  If you have a good organic soil like Roots  Organic you can reuse the soil.  Just mix half new soil and compost with half of the old soil and you should be ok.

Remember to get the most out of your annual plants (not the perennials planted in the ground) you need to fertilize them every 7 to 10 days.  For blooming plants use an organic liquid fertilizer high in phosphorus and for green plants use a fertilizer higher in nitrogen.

Tomatoes in pots may need a little different fertilizer and if the days get too hot and might kill the pollen check with your local garden center to see what they have to help set the bloom.  In general if you use a good organic soil and compost you shouldn’t have to fertilize them too much.

Wow, lots to do right now.  With the weather we had in April everything is 3 weeks to a month behind so if you have plants you’re not sure are coming back give them a couple of extra weeks to make sure you’re not pulling up live plants.  Lilacs are usually finished by now and they are just starting to bloom in the south area so don’t give up on anything yet.

Happy Gardening!!

To see this week’s segment visit:  http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=337667


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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