May signals the time of sowing seeds in the garden and creating containers to dress up our outdoor living spaces. The evenings are warming up, meaning most annual plants can be left outside through the night. With the spring enthusiasm we have seen from our customers here at the Nursery, we would like to offer a few suggestions to ensure a successful start to the growing season.
Tips for growing annuals this spring:
- If nighttime temperatures drop to the low 40s, tuck your containers and hanging baskets inside. You can also use cloches to protect sensitive plants already in the garden.
- Consistent watering is essential. Plants in the ground require watering every 3 to 4 days if we haven’t received adequate rainfall.
- Hanging baskets and containers require watering every 2 days or so. If you notice that the pot or container feels light, it is time to water. It is also important that your pots and hanging baskets have good drainage so they are not sitting in water for an extended period of time.
- Fertilizing with a rose and flower food also gives your plants a good start at the beginning of their growing season.