Week 11 – It’s time for a trim


The ever important deadheading

The ever important deadheading

Today was all about trimming stuff.  Tree stuff, plant stuff, old bloom stuff.

Since we just had the tour and there was a special blog about it I’m not doing photos from around the garden today.  See previous post for eye candy visions.

Deadheading is always important in your container gardens as well as in your regular garden.  The more you deadhead and remove the old blooms, the more you’ll get healthier, bigger, more beautiful blooms.  A plant has a mission and that is to survive and produce seed.  Producing seeds takes energy away from producing bigger more beautiful blooms.  Remove those old heads along with the seed.  One example is a petunia.  If you just pull the bloom out you’re leaving the seed.  Pinch right underneath where the bloom comes out and you’ll remove the seed along with the old bloom!  And remember to add a high phosphate fertilizer (I love the Old Age Organics Bloom) to make them big and beautiful.  Fertilize every 7 – 10 days!!  Steffen was all about fertilizing the pots today and led the brigade.  At last count I knew there were 600 or so but Sally made a count today and there are 760.  Yes, that is right, and no there is not a drip system.  All pots are hand watered with a hose, and fertilized with liquid organic fertilizer in watering cans as well as there is no sprinkler system in the yard or garden.  Just imagine keeping them deadheaded!!

If you have plants that are almost done for the season and you would like them to spread throughout the garden you can let them go to seed.  They will scatter themselves or you can harvest the seed and sprinkle it where you’d like more.  Dill is fun to let go to seed because the Swallowtails reproduce in the head of the dill.  So, it’s your choice!!

You can cut back all the spent iris now.  Cut the stalk down as far as you can.  Don’t whack off all the foliage as it is still green, adds some color, and feeds and gives nutrients to your rhizomes for next year.  Iris also produce a seed that sucks the energy from replenishing the rhizome so do it now for healthier iris next year.  Some people say that the don’t like all the leaves sticking up with no blooms.  Plant some annuals around them if you want a more attractive look there or make some space and plant some blooming perennials amongst them.  In the Spring when they are all dried up is when you can clean them up or till them into the soil for some nice organic matter.

It looks like Jerid and Adam and Rob were using the pole pruners to reach some high dead branches on a tree.  It’s not time to prune all trees, bushes or shrubs but if you have any old dead limbs that need to be taken out you can do that any time.  By now you can see the limbs that didn’t leaf out or you can tell are dead.  I can trim up and saw out some small stuff but if it’s above my head and could whack me a good one when it falls down I’ll just leave that for someone else to do.

It’s also time to cut back asters and mums.  They are a later blooming plant and if you trim them back by about a 1/3 or so they will make nicer mounds with better, healthier, and a lot more blooms.  If you would like them to mound just trim them in a mound shape.  If you don’t trim them back they will grow tall and straggly and fall over.  Tall and straggly, nice mounds with more pretty blooms?   Your choice.

Now, get out there and get gardening!!

To view this week’s segment go to:  http://www.9news.com/story/life/home-garden/proctors-tips/2014/06/12/proctor-asters-mums/10369719/




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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