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August 4, 2010

How to replant a fading flower bed


Flower beds past their prime and overrun with weeds can be a common sight in late-summer landscape. The intense heat makes me reluctant to do much work outside, it's not reasonable to expect all the plants you carefully tended to hold up from the beginning of the summer growing season in early May until its end several months later. Fortunately, nurseries are still well-stocked with colorful, heat-tolerant bedding plants that will grow vigorously from now through late October. You can still plant seeds of many flowers and expect to see their color before the frost.

To replant your beds, first remove the old plants and put them in your compost pile. But try to avoid putting any weeds that have set seeds in the compost. Just dig those out and throw them away.

Next, spread a 1-inch to 2-inch layer of organic matter, such as compost, bagged or aged manure, landscape soil conditioner, grass clippings or peat moss, over the bed. Sprinkle a light application of high nitrogen fertilizer over the organic matter and then thoroughly incorporate everything into the soil of the bed. Rake it smooth, and the bed is ready to plant.

When planting late in the growing season, choose well-established plants in 4-inch pots or larger. Make sure the plants you purchase are healthy and vigorous and have been properly cared for. Avoid plants that look wilted or leggy, have poor color or show signs of insect or disease problems. This is not the time of year to nurse struggling plants back to health. Start off with the highest quality plants you can find.

If you're planting from seed, this mix below has some lovely old fashioned flowers not often seen in nurserys. They provide surprising variety and beautiful color and often self sow.

At Grandmother's Cut Flower Garden Seed Mix 15 Grams 22 Varieties

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at August 4, 2010 8:25 AM
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