GROWING GREEN: Have a plan, take time to create best garden

Opinion May 06, 2018 by Rob Howard Hamilton Mountain News

Buying healthy, thriving plants is as much art as science. But knowing what to look for when you buy your spring plants is one of the best ways to get your garden off to a good start. Starting with hale and hearty plants is one of the “secrets” of successful gardeners. Planting well is equally important.

First: Don’t shop without knowing roughly where your plants are going to go. Look for the empty spaces in your garden, and put together a mental – or, better, written – shopping list. If you can have those spaces prepared for planting before you shop, all the better.

Second: Buy your plants from knowledgeable enthusiasts. Whether it’s a garden centre or, ahem, a plant sale, the plant-care tips you will get are invaluable.  Take the time to ask questions about where the plant will do best and what it needs to thrive.

Third: Look closely at the plants. If it’s wilting, yellowing or looks anemic, pass on it. If the plant looks exhausted now, it will only look worse in your garden. Look for healthy foliage, sturdy stems and weed-free pots.

The Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society annual plant sale on May 19 (Chedoke Presbyterian Church, 865 Mohawk Rd. West, 9 a.m.-noon) – as well as other hort society plant sales over the next several weekends – is a great place to get strong, fresh-from-the-garden plants along with advice from experienced and passionate gardeners.

Don’t settle for garden heartbreak: Take the time to find good plants at good prices.

Growing Green is a regular feature prepared by the Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society (gardenontario.org/site.php/mhhs or Facebook). Rob Howard is a member, a garden writer and speaker, and obsessed gardener.

GROWING GREEN: Have a plan, take time to create best garden

Don’t settle for garden heartbreak, writes Rob Howard

Opinion May 06, 2018 by Rob Howard Hamilton Mountain News

Buying healthy, thriving plants is as much art as science. But knowing what to look for when you buy your spring plants is one of the best ways to get your garden off to a good start. Starting with hale and hearty plants is one of the “secrets” of successful gardeners. Planting well is equally important.

First: Don’t shop without knowing roughly where your plants are going to go. Look for the empty spaces in your garden, and put together a mental – or, better, written – shopping list. If you can have those spaces prepared for planting before you shop, all the better.

Second: Buy your plants from knowledgeable enthusiasts. Whether it’s a garden centre or, ahem, a plant sale, the plant-care tips you will get are invaluable.  Take the time to ask questions about where the plant will do best and what it needs to thrive.

Third: Look closely at the plants. If it’s wilting, yellowing or looks anemic, pass on it. If the plant looks exhausted now, it will only look worse in your garden. Look for healthy foliage, sturdy stems and weed-free pots.

The Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society annual plant sale on May 19 (Chedoke Presbyterian Church, 865 Mohawk Rd. West, 9 a.m.-noon) – as well as other hort society plant sales over the next several weekends – is a great place to get strong, fresh-from-the-garden plants along with advice from experienced and passionate gardeners.

Don’t settle for garden heartbreak: Take the time to find good plants at good prices.

Growing Green is a regular feature prepared by the Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society (gardenontario.org/site.php/mhhs or Facebook). Rob Howard is a member, a garden writer and speaker, and obsessed gardener.

GROWING GREEN: Have a plan, take time to create best garden

Don’t settle for garden heartbreak, writes Rob Howard

Opinion May 06, 2018 by Rob Howard Hamilton Mountain News

Buying healthy, thriving plants is as much art as science. But knowing what to look for when you buy your spring plants is one of the best ways to get your garden off to a good start. Starting with hale and hearty plants is one of the “secrets” of successful gardeners. Planting well is equally important.

First: Don’t shop without knowing roughly where your plants are going to go. Look for the empty spaces in your garden, and put together a mental – or, better, written – shopping list. If you can have those spaces prepared for planting before you shop, all the better.

Second: Buy your plants from knowledgeable enthusiasts. Whether it’s a garden centre or, ahem, a plant sale, the plant-care tips you will get are invaluable.  Take the time to ask questions about where the plant will do best and what it needs to thrive.

Third: Look closely at the plants. If it’s wilting, yellowing or looks anemic, pass on it. If the plant looks exhausted now, it will only look worse in your garden. Look for healthy foliage, sturdy stems and weed-free pots.

The Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society annual plant sale on May 19 (Chedoke Presbyterian Church, 865 Mohawk Rd. West, 9 a.m.-noon) – as well as other hort society plant sales over the next several weekends – is a great place to get strong, fresh-from-the-garden plants along with advice from experienced and passionate gardeners.

Don’t settle for garden heartbreak: Take the time to find good plants at good prices.

Growing Green is a regular feature prepared by the Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society (gardenontario.org/site.php/mhhs or Facebook). Rob Howard is a member, a garden writer and speaker, and obsessed gardener.