Week 7 – Did your plants make it?

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Darn those pesky late Spring snow storms.  This one had a hard freeze with it and in varying locations 4 inches to a couple of feet of snow.  What???

The apprentices helped Rob bring back out all the pots he had to drag indoors and remove all the sheets and coverings from other things in the garden.

I was really whining that it was destroying my lilac blooms and iris, and my cherry and choke cherry blossoms.  Well, all in all, my choke cherry blossoms look great, my lilacs fared better than I thought they would, and my iris are starting to open.  The only thing in doubt may be how many cherries I get on my Montmorency Cherry tree.

Many of you with container gardens and smaller plants and trees covered them with sheets, or as we did this year, covered our iris with socks.  Now, it’s time to uncover and be gentle with the plants we’ve saved.

Gently remove any sheets and socks so you don’t break of damage the flowers on your plants.  If you’ve covered something in the middle of the garden, step lightly and the least you can so you don’t compact the soil that is still wet.  Plants need oxygen and moisture just like we do to live and if you step on the soil and compact it, the plants will not be able to get oxygen and the water won’t soak in there so the plants will die.

I don’t need to tell you not to actually step on any of the plants because we all know what happens when you do that.

If you have some sad looking plants and don’t know what to do and wonder if they’ll recover, the best thing to do is leave them alone and see what happens.  Plants have this great ability to take care of themselves sometimes so let nature take its course and see if they will straighten themselves up.  My choke cherry trees were bent over three times and almost touching the ground (they are probably 20-30 feet tall and very flexible).  I went out and kept whacking the snow off of them and they have straightened up like nothing ever bothered them.

If you’re a bad person and have already planted your tomatoes and other warm weather annuals chances are you will most likely have to replace them.  Even if they made it through it may stunt their growth.  Warm weather annuals are things like marigolds, zinnias, coleus, basil, tomatoes, eggplant, and any other thing that won’t grow now.  You have the perfect excuse.  IT WAS THE WEATHER!  AND THIS TIME IT REALLY IS!

Now, get out there and get gardening!!

Unfortunately I was not there and wasn’t able to play today.   Here is a video from last year.  Same dilemma, different people.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aucuPjZlVLk

To see today’s segment go to:  http://www.9news.com/story/life/home-garden/proctors-tips/2014/05/15/proctor-recover-from-the-storm/9093757/



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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