by High Country Gardens

summer-dreams-C0400highres_720x540_72_RGBPlanting one of High Country Garden's pre-planned gardens is an excellent way to help ensure that you have a well-planned garden.

In many areas, it’s already time to think about spring maintenance such as pruning, deterring gophers, and fertilizing.

With spring right in our midst, that itch to dig in the garden and start planting runs strong. Following are a few pointers to ensure success when you get new plants (Refer to our enclosed “Planting Guide Booklet” included free with every plant order for more details).

Hydrate—Check to see if the soil is moist. If a bit dry, set the plants in a tray, water thoroughly, and allow excess water to drain off.

Acclimate—Keep plants in shade for a few days before planting. Place in sun for a brief period the first day and a bit longer on subsequent days. If you’re not going to plant outside for several weeks or more, check the plant roots to see if they are filling the pot. If they are, it might be a good idea to plant temporarily in a pot one size larger. Use a good quality potting soil.

Digging the Hole—Plants need plenty of room to spread their roots. Make the hole several times wider than the root ball, but no deeper than the existing soil level.

Amend the Soil—Use Planters II to add trace minerals to the soil. Improve soil texture with the addition of good quality compost such as Soil Mender compost. Add Yum Yum Mix to feed the soil around the plant.

Planting—Remove plant from pot and gently tease out any tangled roots. Place plant in hole at the same level as it was in the pot. Fill hole with amended soil and firm into place; water thoroughly.

Avoid Transplant Shock—To help plants establish roots quicker, use Superthrive plant growth stimulator in combination with Saltwater Farms Sea Com-PGR. This also prevents transplant shock. Add to water when planting.

Text by David Salman

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