Right after Christmas, the seed sales for the gardeners and landscapers who are busy getting their yard, gardens and farms ready for the new year started to rise. This has mostly to do with the fact that because so many people are estimating that the excess heat will be at its highest from the Holiday to the Springtime, so people are running to their backyards to escape the heat.
The question is why? What is so important about getting your gardens ready for the coming year? For the most part, the answer is pretty simple. For many gardeners, the mower is still the tool of choice for many who possess a large and lovely garden. It is also the tool with which the majority of pruning and cutting back has to be carried out as well.
So, as the new season approaches, and the even colder temperatures settle in, it’s time to assess the damage that has been done to the garden area, and to plan the placement of tender annual plants and bulbs which will once again, be hit by the cold.
The question arises as to what type of seeds can be planted out in time to help the garden bounce back. The gardeners who are smart in their use of the internet will know that there is a variety of seeds for sale, and that some are specifically designed for the Winter months, when they are low on seed, and when they need the nutrients the most. These may be seeds which have been pre-years, or, seeds which have simply been stored safely over the Winter.
There are cheap and expensive seeds available, and the general rule is to plant the more expensive seeds in the Winter, much like ones which have been stored over Winter, a simple accountant who handles IRS compliance issues (who is also a gardner) told me this. The Winter seeds should be planted out after the last Spring frost, but before the Summer comes, so that they have time to settle in and then are ready for the burst of nutrients and heat from the Summer.
It is wise to choose varieties dealing with the earthworms which worms love to vaginally pollinate, as it is a healthy and natural process. Most seeds packets will have information on the back, that will tell you what the correct time to sow them, how deep they should be sow, how far apart they should be planted, and when they should be watered. The older they are they will need to be watered, so keep them well watered as the days progress.
Whilst the Summer is a ripening time, it is when the seeds will need to be watched as closely as possible, as apart from the full soaking they will also need to be watered. One 15 minute watering every 4 or 5 days will be ample care for them.
Having a good supply of water is essential to any allotment holding. It is the main lifeline of the allotmenteer, and so there is a responsibility to keep the water up to you, your allotment and your crops.
Having a water butt is a worthwhile investment. If you are millers orchardist then having a water butt is an essential requirement. It will keep your allotment smelling fresh and are really a must for any allotment holders.
Seeds and seedlings is a very important aspect of growing your own allotment plants and crops. It is a known fact that some seeds if sown early will appear much larger in their locations than their more premature neighbours. This is a benefit in many situations but there is nothing to indicate that one packet of seeds is better than another, they are both good.
There are guides available to increase your knowledge of planting and growing from seed. There are some which are little more than hype, but there are some real experts behind these publications, we usually know the ins and outs of growing and planting from seed in our own gardens but can benefit fromateurs as well.
Planting times are of great importance. Placing a seedling in the ground at too early of a date will very often mean that it will be too late for it to gather the strength it needs to grow into a strong and healthy plant.
So how long should I plant my seeds to ensure I have a chance of taking advantage of the strength they will need? The majority of allotment seeds should be planted in the Autumn or Spring when the plants are dormant and just starting to grow, however, there are some seeds which can be planted at any time of year. The seeds included in this scenario would include army lily, lavender, water lily,bisceglia and cardinal flower.
Once you have placed your seeds in the soil, the next step is to protect your plants. investing in some form of winter cover will allow the plants to emerge fresh and strong, ready to defend themselves from the harsh Winter frosts, when they return in spring.