Pacific Northwest

June, 2011
Regional Report

Plant Properly

Don't add organic matter to the soil when planting trees. It won't help the roots establish and it may create conditions that encourage the roots to stay inside the planting hole instead of spreading to the surrounding soil. Do dig a large planting hole, but fill it with the original soil you removed from the hole.

Mark Bulbs

While your bulb plantings are still fresh in your mind, make a map of the garden, noting which bulbs are planted where. I like to mark the areas with a bamboo skewer so I won't accidentally dig them up when planting annuals in the area.

Grow Up!

For maximum landscape interest in a small, vertical space, try annual vines. They can disguise ugly walls and fences. When trellised, they can create shade and privacy while hiding undesirable views. Try morning glory, nasturtium vine, and scarlet runner beans.

Protect New Transplants

Newly transplanted vegetable plants should be protected from cutworms with collars. Cut strips of cardboard two inches wide by eight inches long, staple them into circles and place them around the plants. Press the collar about one inch into the soil. These collars will fence out the cutworms and protect the stems of the vegetable plants.

Pinch Chrysanthemums

Disbud chrysanthemums to secure large, beautiful blooms on straight, strong stems. To disbud, remove the small side buds along the stems which form in the angles of the leaves. This will allow all of the food reserves to be used for one large flower rather than many smaller ones.

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