Most of my plants are a bit delayed after a chilly start to the spring, but things are kicking into high gear now. I tried some new things this year…heirloom tomatoes (Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra), as well as new varieties of zucchini (Patio Star - good for containers; Cavili - produces fruit without pollination). I also grew some of my veggie plants in fabric containers, GeoPots to be exact, and am using Neptune’s Harvest Seaweed/Fish fertilizer. It appears I’ll be having quite a harvest this year!
The Bible of Native Plants
While I wait for spring to arrive, I’ve been spending some time reading up on the many wonderful native perennials, shrubs, and trees for the southeastern U.S. This book is quickly becoming a favorite of mine:
It starts off by discussing the importance of preserving our native plants, and the role that wildlife gardens play in our ecosystems, then gets into great detail about the various families of native plants (hollies, magnolias, maples, etc.) including growing information. I highly commend this book to anyone interested in planting native!
Trying new things this season
Stay tuned! Spring is right around the corner and I’ll get back to updating this blog again with the new gardening season! Two things I’m going to do differently this year: ditch plastic containers for fabric containers such as GeoPots or Smart Pots, that allow the roots to be air pruned so they don’t circle around in the pot. When the tips of roots are pruned, it causes the roots to grow smaller secondary roots that are better able to absorb water and nutrients, and thus a healthier root system and more vigorous plant. The second change I’m making is ditching Miracle Grow for Neptune’s Harvest fish emulsion/seaweed organic fertilizer. The fish/seaweed fertilizer contains many micronutrients not found in chemical fertilizers like MiracleGrow. The reviews I read raved about how much healthier the plants were with increased blooms and fruit production compared to traditional plant food. I will certainly report back with the results!