May 02, 2020
Photography By Kelly Savoca
This month I took some time to check in on our houseplants. It’s always good practice to check in every quarter and see what plants might need a little love. I’ve monitored our Ranunculus, planted a mini meadow, and finished our raised beds as well.
Since our beds are finally complete we were able to transplant our first seedlings! Normally, we would have started a little earlier but either way, we are excited to have this dedicated space. Let’s get to it, this is what we worked on in April:
The goal is to maintain as much of the healthy root as possible – not trimming excessively. Do this anywhere you see dead stems. See below, the white is where I cut off an old stem root.3 | Once I had my new bundle of healthy plants I filled up the planter about ¾ of the way with soil.
4 | I positioned the healthy plants back into the soil. You can gently nestle them in the way you’d like them to look in the pot.
5 | Finish by filling in with more soil so the plants will stand straight.
6 | Give it a good watering!
My plant is so much healthier now and the leaves are a saturated green – the way they should be!
4 | Prepared the bed. In the winter, I added a light layer of compost and weeded. Since then some weeds had returned so I weeded again and loosened up my soil. Using a cultivator, I raked about 1” into the soil so that it wasn’t as compact. Below is a before & after.
5 | Hand threw my seed into the patch. If you are doing a larger patch of land it is sometimes recommended to mix your seeds with sand as this will allow you to see how much seed you are throwing and will make sure small and large seeds fall evenly but since my patch was so small I did without the sand.
6 | Lastly, taking a piece of cardboard and working my way around existing Dianthus I pressed the seeds into the soil. This is the fun part! You don’t even have to bury them like other seeds. Wait 60-90 days and keep in mind some perennials may not bloom until the second year.
*Pro-tip – Do not do this the day before a heavy downpour. Since my bed was on a slight angle and due to the amount of rain the area flooded a bit and the seeds shifted. It’s ok if it rains the next day just beware of a big storm that might carry your seeds elsewhere.
This was such a large and exciting project that I will be dedicating an entire blog post to this. Check out the first post from March and stay tuned in a few weeks when I share it all, including prices!
Trees, in general, will do better with a quality mulch at the base rather than grass sucking up all the nutrients. We removed grass a few feet from the base. You can go 2-3x the size of this but for now, we stuck with this due to a drainage pipe near the base of one of our trees. I have no idea why this was placed here but that is where it was when we bought our home.
Be sure to leave a donut of bare ground (without mulch) right near the base of the tree. This is a common mistake. You don't want to smother it and attract more pests.
When seeds first sprout they show their seed leaves. Once you see the true leaves then you’ll know they are ready to transplant. How will you know the difference? The true leaves look like the actual plant whereas seed leaves generally look round and generic. See where I circled below.
I’ll be hardening our seedlings by giving them a few hours of sunlight to get used to the outdoors before fully planting outside. This will help them get used to their new environment.
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