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Successful summer gardening

The long week is a perfect opportunity to do some gardening
The long week is a perfect opportunity to do some gardening

Sana Ahmed, staff writer

May 20, 2011 — It's not too late to spruce up your garden for the summer.

Over watering kills plants
Over watering kills plants

Summer is right around the corner. And what better time than the Victoria Day long weekend to put that green thumb into full gear.

Here are some tips that might help you turn that not-so-attractive green space into your own version of the garden of Eden.

  • Picking out a good plant is like picking out fruits or vegetables. Ideally, the same principle applies -- try not to pick out bruised or “over ripe” plants. If you would like plants to preferably last for a few more seasons, then “quality over price” should be the motto to live by. Be highly selective in your choice. Don't choose a plant with yellow leaves or one that's in full bloom. The perfect plant should be young, stocky and always green.
  • Try not to get light weight plants. They might collapse before you even get home.
  • If you're not sure about what kind of a plant to purchase, then it's always good to examine the label placed on the product.
  • Have a plan before you go plant shopping. It's easy to fall in love with beautiful-looking plants. Reserve your judgement and don't do impulse buys.
  • If you're the type of gardener who wants colour quickly, then look for blossom buds. These plants tend to bloom in a few days or a week.
  • Good soil preparation is key to a great garden. Use a good amount of triple mix soil. Feel free to use composted cattle manure if your soil is in good shape. Make sure the mix is spread 3-5 centimeters thick. You can either let earth worms do the work for you, or you can attempt to turn it into the soil yourself.
  • Planting holes should be prepared well. The soil should be firm around the roots of each plant. Make sure you water the planted area well afterwards.
  • And most importantly, don't over water. It's much more manageable to bring a dying plant to life from under watering than watering it too much.

    With files from Toronto Star

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