Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Annual Garden

The typical annual garden, filled with a mix of colorful flowers and ornamental plants.
Annuals can be grouped by color, giving off certain moods.  For example, the picture above is an all-white garden, giving off a peaceful ambiance. 

-Annuals need to be in well-drained soil.  If in pots, the pots must have drain holes.
-For best results, dig the garden bed 8-10 inches in depth, removing any weeds,clumps, sticks, stones, etc.  Add fertilizer and well-rotted compost and mix all together.  Let this mixture set for a week.
-Fairly easy to care for, just weeding and watering is all that these plants need.

-Wilting/collapsing= Either too much water, or a deprivation of water
-Clusters of green insects=Plant lice, can be rubbed off or watered off
-No flowers= Needs more sunlight, or special fertilizer for flowering plants
-Black/yellow flecks= Due to red spider mites.  Means the flower needs water. Remove mites by spraying the plant undersides with strong streams of water.

McDonald, Elvin. The 400 Best Garden Plants: a Practical Encyclopedia of Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, Trees, and Shrubs. New York: Random House, 1995. Print.

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