Essential Summer Maintenance for a Healthy Garden


| 6/18/2018 2:22:00 PM


Tags: Gardening, Garden Tips, Summer Garden, Garden Maintenance, Patio Gardening, Oklahoma, Brenda Pruitt,

I just came in from doing a bit of garden maintenance. I gather a bucket and my garden snips and walk around my large privacy fenced patio to visit all the container plants, herbs and vines in my patio garden. If vegetables are ready to be picked, I place them on my garden bench.

lush container garden

Some would hesitate to cut the beautiful flowers, I know. But if they are growing leggy, I take the snippers to them. Some might call it brutal, watching the pretty flowers fall to the cement. But I know it is important to keep the plants trimmed in order to have healthy growth.

Once you trim back the leggy portions of your plants, they will grow back in a different form. The energy that goes all the way down that leggy stem is put to better use. The plant will become fuller and more rounded.

large containers with foliage



Then I hose down the cement to get rid of the plant debris that fell victim to my snippers. I stand back and gaze at my beautiful garden, at the various galvanized, terra cotta and plastic containers full of lush plants. I even plant sedum in big pieces of driftwood.

carole
6/20/2018 8:56:06 AM

Looks beautiful and healthy.







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