OK, I hope that this is just a fluke, but with global climate change, it probably isn’t. While it is one of the most beautiful springs we have ever had with the amazing explosion of color all at once, it is also very dry. We are usually complaining about spring being too wet, but that is not the case this year. If we don’t get rain, remember to water your new landscape plantings once a week with a thorough soaking. A thorough soaking is defined as a deep watering of an inch or more. When it is this hot and dry, you may want to do that 2 times a week. . Hand watering is the best way to water and most efficient. Sprinklers and irrigation can easily under or over water. If you do use these methods, it is essential to monitor plants to make sure they are getting the proper amount. Now for annuals flowers, vegetables and seeds you will need to water more frequently and monitor the plants for when they need additional moisture. Plants in containers or with smaller root systems dry out much faster than larger trees and shrubs. If you are thinking of installing an irrigation system, look at drip systems, which are highly efficient and use much less water. Rain barrels are a great way of catching rain water and keeping it to use on your garden. More elaborate irrigation systems can include a gray water catchment, cistern, that can hold large amounts of water and then distribute it through an irrigation system via pumps. Of course one of the best methods for water efficiency is to plant the right plant in the right place and choose plants that are native or adaptable to our area and are drought tolerant.
It was great to see so many folks interested in vegetable gardening this past Saturday! Thank you to Rainbow Blossom for inviting us out to help get gardeners started on the right foot this spring. This spring we will continue to have new vegetable starts available as it gets warmer so please stop by to check out our selection. If you still have more questions feel free to leave a post on the blog or stop by one of our clinics that we will be offering at the garden center in Crestwood.
Upcoming Lectures at Boone Gardiner:
April 18th – “Composting 101”
May 9th – “The New Victory Garden”
I just spent all day Friday in my Board Training for the Kentucky Chapter of United States Green Building Council. (USGBC) Wow, what a day. I am so excited to be part of a group that is creating such major changes for the better not only in the built world but in all of humanity. This is the organization which has developed the LEED rating system, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, along with much more, and is truly a leading organization in the world of sustainability. Our Kentucky Chapter is only a few years old, but is growing by leaps and bounds, and we have much work to do. The time to change is now and we have to move quickly. Please visit these links for more info.
This chapter site discusses the new LEED Silver project, the Oldham County Library in LaGrange. Which Boone Gardiner did landscaping and site development in all sustainable ways.
It is almost time to bring the rain barrel out of the garage and start catching water again for the garden! Before you hook it up to the gutter it is a good idea to give the inside a good wash. This removes sediment and bacteria that may be dormant from last season.
The cheapest and greenest way to clean the barrel is a mixture of vinegar and hot water:
Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 1 gallon of hot water. Then with a sponge wipe down the inside of the barrel and allow the mixture to drain through the hose.