Archive for June, 2014

What Size Container For Peppers and Tomatoes?

Monday, June 30th, 2014

pepper plant growing in a containerI am putting together a container for Early Girl tomatoes and one for jalapeno peppers for a friend. My question is: what size of container and how many plants per container?  I would also like some watering and feeding instructions for each container. Thanks, Pam

Answer:

Pam, How many plants depends on how large the container. For an average 15-18 inch, lightweight pot I would not plant more than one plant per pot. When gardening in containers you have to remember that you are restricting the plants’ access to nutrients and moisture that are naturally occurring in the soil. If you over-plant you are putting your plants under stress because they compete with each other for very limited nutrients. It’s better to go with one plant with a slightly smaller pot and use several pots for multiple plantings. If you use square pots they will all nicely line up in a row like a garden!

Because they are confined, moisture will be an issue, unless you happen to live in a location that receives daily rainfall. If not, daily watering will most likely be necessary to keep the soil evenly moist. During periods of extreme heat they may require water more often. Growing plants are thirsty plants. If you have the ability to set up a drip system for each pot and can put it on a timer, then watering very early in the morning is ideal.

The confinement also limits the supply of essential nutrients to the plant, so more frequent feeding will be needed as well. Adding a slow-release fertilizer that is evenly balanced when you pot the plants is a good start. This will give plants the needed micro-nuritents not found in a sterile potting mix. Read our blog article Container Gardening for Tomatoes and Peppers for detailed fertilizing instructions.

Happy Gardening,

Karen

Why Is My Asparagus Not Growing Well?

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Asparagus Growing In Raised BedI planted my asparagus behind my garage that has a SW facing of 245 degrees.  The rear row, the one closest to my garage, is not faring well.  Soil prep for both rows was essentially the same.  I had tried to water a little more heavily for the row near the garage, thinking the foundation might be heating and drying out the soil adjacent to it and impacting that row of asparagus.

Pictures attached. Any suggestions?  This is the first year.

Thank you, Phil L.

Answer:

Phil, It is possible that the radiant heat from the concrete wall is keeping the bed too dry. Keeping consistent soil moisture is important. You want to make sure to keep all weeds out of the bed for the best production; asparagus hates any competition, and I would suggest mulching the bed with shredded leaves or straw to help maintain the moisture level. Also make sure your soil pH is above 6.0. It's possible the concrete or any pea gravel could be altering the pH near the wall. You might also try feeding the plants with a mild formula Vegetable Fertilizer. Be sure to leave the foliage over the winter and remove before the new growth appears in the spring.

For more helpful asparagus growing tips, read Just About Everything About Asparagus.

Karen

I Have NEVER Received Plant Orders So Well Protected!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Azelea plants in shipping containerTo everyone who works at Garden Harvest Supply,

I was so happy with my first order that I decided to make Garden Harvest Supply the first site I shop when looking for plants online.

On June 10, I ordered two Bloom-a-Thon Azaleas in red, choosing to ship USPS Priority Mail. Yesterday, June 12, I was checking my email to see if my order had shipped. My husband went out to get the mail and brought me a box marked “LIVE PLANTS.” I thought it was an order from another site that I placed on May 28, and had not yet received. It was the order from your company!

The plants were packaged with loving care and arrived in great condition–the soil was still moist. I have NEVER received orders online so well protected and in such fabulous condition. The plants I received from your company are in better health than plants I have shopped in brick and mortar stores. Sincerely, thank you Garden Harvest Supply for the excellent work you do.

Your Truly, Pamela S

 

Reply: Pamela, it’s very gratifying to know our plants make others happy.  We really appreciate your taking the time to write to us, and we hope you’ll share photos of your Azalea plants as they get established.

Thank you for sharing that you were so pleased with your order from us.  It helps prospective clients shop with confidence when they read letters like yours. We’ll look forward to serving your plant needs in the future, and we hope to always exceed your expectations.  Don’t ever hesitate to ask, if you have questions for us.  We’ll do our best to continue earning your business.

Best regards,

Joe, and everyone at GHS

These Are The Best Flowers EVER!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Neon flowers blooming in plantersI’ve been planting these SuperCal Neon Rose Petchoa Plants in my porch flower boxes for the last few years now, and plan to continue using them there as there is just NOTHING that beats them!  They start blooming immediately when planted from small plants, and fill out so fast with a solid mass of flowers that is non-stop until frost.  They do not need to be dead-headed, are very hardy, and for pots and planters are just the absolute best.  I’ve tried a few colors of the Petchoas, and each of them has a little bit different growing habit, with this Neon one growing the fullest, from what I’ve found so far.  It doesn’t really vine and trail very far, but as you can see in the photo, it turns into a mass of flowering plant. It does actually hang, but does not get leggy and thin; it stays very thick.  My railing boxes here are about 24″ long and I only put four plants in each of them for it turn into this mass.  There were a few purple wave petunias that had come up volunteer in these boxes, which I left in there that particular year, but as you can see the Petchoas really do not need them in there with them.  I’m attaching a photo of them.  Sincerely, Sue V.

Answer: Sue, we appreciate your sharing your enthusiasm and photos, because no one would believe the dense carpet of color and plush foliage these flowers provide, unless they saw it with their own eyes.  Your photo is proof of how these Petchoas perform.  Thanks for letting us and others see the beauty you’ve created for your porchand we’re sure your neighbors are enjoying the view! GHS