OUR GARDEN CENTRE IS IN FULL BLOOM FOR SPRING!
Drop by today to see the wide variety of bedding plants, pot & basket-fillers along with a great selection of ivies, trailing flowers and accent plants.
We also offer traditional vegetable garden plants — tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc. to get your backyard vegetable garden growing. ***Don’t forget we also sell seed potatoes, onion sets (multipliers, dutch and spanish) and garden seed packets as well as bulk packages of corn, peas, beans.
Check out our tropicals (dipladenias & bougainvillas, etc.) and ornamental grasses and bedding plants to get your flower beds popping with colour.
***We are proud to source our plants from a local, family-owned & operated garden centre who grows healthy and vigourous plants with lots of local TLC.
THINGS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN THIS MONTH: (excerpts from Mark’s Cullen’s Newsletter)
1. Plant all hot crops. Corn, zucchini, squash (all cucurbits), peppers, potatoes: virtually every crop that requires heat to thrive are ready to plant in the first week of June. Unless you live in Newfoundland — You fortunate souls should wait a week or two longer.
2. Mulch. June is mulch month because May is planting month. After you get most of your plants in the ground you can save yourself up to 70% in watering and 90% in weeding by laying down a 5 cm layer of finely ground up cedar or pine bark mulch.
3. Sow fast-growing flowers: Cosmos, tall zinnias, larkspur, nigella, coreopsis, lupins and over 20 varieties of sunflowers — I use lots of sunflowers as they grow quickly, germinate reliably, produce flowers that attract all kinds of native bees and when they go to seed, the song birds forage them like no-ones-business.
- Tear open each packet of seeds and pour them into a bucket. Just randomly. About one packet to every 25 sq ft or 2 sq meters.
- Add half a bucket of dry potting mix, sand or vermiculite. Pour the mixture into another bucket and back again into the original bucket. Do this several times until the seeds are thorough mixed with the seeding medium.
- Broadcast by hand over a weed-free bed of soil that has been raked clean of debris. Let the seed roll off of your index finger as you swing your arm back and forth. Spread them as evenly as you can.
- Rake using a hard rake — As you rake, you incorporate the seeds into the topsoil and even out the distribution of them.
- Walk on the area with flat soled shoes to firm the soil/seed mixture into place.
- Water thoroughly until germination occurs (about 7 to 10 days) and keep moderately well watered until roots are set down.
- Remove weeds when they are young. Thistles and twitch grass are among the most persistent perennial weeds. Don’t give them a chance to get a root down.
- Relax. Enjoy. Watch the action.
4. It is blossom time for roses, peonies, clematis and many other ‘early’ season flowering perennial plants. If you have room for more, now is the perfect time to plant them! Make sure that the plants you DO have are supported.
5. Container plants. Time to finish planting up containers using fresh container mix, plants that suit your exposure and be sure to add a slow release fertilizer into the soil. You apply it once for the whole season. Container plants need fertilizing more than garden plants as their roots are restricted by the size of the container.
6. Herbs. Plant them. Harvest them as needed. Don’t over water them. With the exception of basil, they love to get dry between watering.
7. Tomatoes. Stake with a spiral stake and never tie them up again or you can use a tomato cage — Get them off the ground and double your crop. Mid-June start applying Bordo Mixture to prevent early and late blight.
8. Through the Garden Gate. Check out the great public tours of private gardens that so often occur in the towns, villages and cities across Canada. More info.
HOW TO PLANT FLOWERS IN YOUR GARDEN OR POTS:
It’s trending this year to use an assortment of different and unique new annuals, tropical plants (hibiscus, dipladenia, rubber plants, elephant ears, crotons) tubers (caladium), houseplants (kalanchoe, angelwing begonias), perennials (hostas, coral bells, hydrangeas, ferns, ornamental grasses, sedums, coreopsis), succulents, herbs (globe basil, variegated basil, rosemary) and vegetables (think beet tops, ornamental peppers, red millet) in planters to give a more dynamic look.
Have a look at what you’ve already got growing in your own home or your gardens that might make a nice focal point/accent to your planters this year. Take a look around at other nurseries/garden centres for new and different plants that might work for you that we don’t have here at Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs.
You might even consider creating your own spray-painted sticks/twigs to add as an accent to your planters to match your outdoor living space to add that extra punch of colour and style or add a candle feature in your planter for summer evening ambiance.
When your planters and baskets start to look tired and/or over-grown in late-summer, another popular idea is to yank out early performers or straggly plants from your planters/pots ~ half-way through the season and replace with a new late-summer bloomers or cool-weather performers in the empty space. This will extend the life of your planters and give a new look as the seasons change.
Once the annuals have been bitten by frost, you can stick in coniferous greenery, sumac branches, mountain ash berries, mini pumpkins & squash; plant colourful mums or flowering kale & cabbage; add ornamental grass tufts, birch twigs & branches, pine cones, magnolia leaves, grapevine accents; spray-paint (gold or silver) branches or pine cones, add decorative balls and ribbons (the list is endless, really) to carry your planters from a Thanksgiving theme right through until Christmas.
See how much fun this can be 🙂 ‘The possibilities are only limited to the bounds of your imagination’ and anything goes these days.
We offer competitive pricing on our garden centre’s offerings of locally-grown plants that will give you the look and performance you desire for your gardens, baskets and planters. Ask Melanie for ideas, tips and suggestions on plant types for specific planters, garden soil types and locations. Look for new garden accents, accessories, planter pots and decor to complete your gardening experience.
We would be happy to share our extensive knowledge on plants, lawns, gardens and pest control to help you optimize your garden care experience.