Want to make the most of your fall weekends in the garden? Get it winter-ready for the potential of any storms. One tip many gardeners often overlook because we concentrate on clean and neat is taking the extra time to check the soil conditions and balance the soil moisture before the ground freezes. Exposing plant material to extremely dry soil conditions in the winter can cause stress to what looks like an otherwise healthy plant. Ensuring the deeper root system is plenty hydrated becomes critical as the season changes. Even after plants drop their leaves, there is still a fair amount of root growth and activity. This one small tip helps new plants be a less susceptible host to disease and insect attacks during the following growing season.
So before you winterize your irrigation system or put the hoses away, make sure all your plant material is in tip top shape - hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. And to celebrate Herman Melville’s 161st anniversary today, let’s take a quote right from the creator of ‘Moby Dick.’ “Is there some principal of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone?” Don’t lose what you just planted. Keep your material fresh and healthy all winter long.
Dare I ask for any predictions on this upcoming winter’s snow amounts?
Images by Ann Bilowz (Cokie had to be today's star of the blog post!)
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