We have all read articles in Southern Living magazine, or Better Homes and Garden with beautiful gardens and a stone paths winding throughout an acre of green grass on a historical property. While that would be ideal for some, not everyone has the space, time or money to invest in a big garden. So, no matter the size, a garden can be beautiful, it just may take a little thinking outside the box. Just because the square footage of a garden seems small, doesn’t mean you have to have a “small” garden. Here are some tips for making a big garden out of a small space.
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Winter in Ohio can be rough for gardeners. The itch to work on the garden is made difficult by all the freezing air and snow. However, winter gardening isn’t impossible if you have the determination. One perfect plant for winter gardening is the amaryllis.
Amaryllis is perfect for the dull winter gardening months. One reason for this is that amaryllis doesn’t stop growing once it’s planted so you stay busy with it the whole time. Also, it doesn’t require a lot of sunlight; just keep it in a place that receives some throughout the day. Another reason is that amaryllis only has to stay above 60F (but warmer is better).
Make sure you use a large container. Amaryllis grows large blooms that can be top-heavy if you don’t plant it in a container with a large base. In addition, some sturdy sticks will help to keep the plant from growing sideways and keep it nice and straight.
First plant your bulb in potting soil and pack the soil so that one-third of the bulb remains above the soil line. Place it in a location that gets sunlight and water it sparingly until you see about 2” of growth. Then, you’ll want to water it more regularly. Remember to turn the plant every so often so that it grows straight. It only takes 5-8 weeks for amaryllis to bloom so you can have some beautiful flowers during the cold winter months in Ohio!
To cut amaryllis and make a pretty display like the picture above, cut the flower stems when the first bud is just ready to open and place it in a sturdy vase. Change the water regularly and remove flowers as they fade. Your cut amaryllis should last for up to 10 days if maintained well.
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Winter always comes too fast and that means you need to start making garden preparations sooner rather than later. Winter poses some challenges to home gardens if you are in a cold climate. There are some precautions that you can take, though. You might think winter is a strange time to be using mulch, but there are actually a few different ways to utilize mulch in the winter to protect your garden.
To protect plants from freezing temperatures and save them from dying, you can insulate the ground to trap some warmth, just as you would inside your home. Snow surprisingly acts as a good insulator for plants in the ground and serves as a buffer from the freezing air to the roots below ground. However, if there isn’t much snow, but temperatures are below freezing then mulch can work as an extra layer of insulation. To figure out how much mulch you need, you first need to know how deep the roots of your plants are. Then mulch enough so that the root length plus your mulch height is greater than the frost level.
Another nifty use of mulch in the winter is to protect roses. If you have rose shrubs, find a small cylindrical enclosure (a wide, but short piece of PVC would work), place it around the roses and then fill it with mulch to insulate the flowers. You can use mulch similarly to protect the crown of roses or the canes of climbing roses.
Winter mulching, or otherwise, Jones Topsoil has you covered for all your topsoil, mulch, gravel, limestone, or sand needs. We’ll deliver your order right to your home. Just contact us anytime and we’ll be happy to serve you in any way we can!
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Are you thinking about growing a garden this year? There are several things to consider before you start planting. What plants or vegetables do you want to plant? What type of soil should you use? One thing to consider is building raised garden beds versus planting on the ground. Raised beds provide nutrient-rich soil, less back strain for gardeners, more control over weeds and pests and increased plant growth.
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