Schools out and for everyone & the summer can now truly begin! The time spent outdoors and in the garden should be greatly increased especially in the finer weather by all members of the family. Feeding and watering plants is one chore that everyone can really enjoy as we all love the thought of something being cared for properly. Just as well because all plants welcome feeding at this time of year as they can come under pressure from excessive heat, lack of water and heightened numbers of pests and diseases during the summer months.
Recommended Planting Feed
Here at Ballyseedy we recommend feeding in two stages. Firstly when planting we encourage our customers to use slow release fertilising pellets, scattered within the planting hole as they can denude in the summer sunshine. These pellets will slowly release valuable nutrients to the plant over a 3-6 month period. The second stage is liquid feeding and rate at which this is done can vary depending on the plants. Containers and Baskets of bedding can be feed every 10 days and garden borders enjoy a boost from liquid feeding every 3 weeks between March & September. Hedges and larder garden borders where there is no weed block fabric in place then chicken manure pellets are very effective feed once or twice a year.
Highly Recommended Liquid Feed
If our plants are being properly feed and watered then the chances of attack from pests and pathogens are greatly reduced due to greater resistance similar to our own body’s immune system. However some plants will always be susceptible to attack, like all roses encountering black-spot and greenfly on an annual basis. We recommend one of two sprays “Rose Rescue” or “Rose Clear” each as effective as the other. Remember roses love to be watered deeply at this time of year. Of course our old foe potato blight will be making its rounds from now on too so have your “Bordeaux Mixture” at the ready! This can be used to good effect on fruit trees and tomato plants tackling rust and leaf curl on both respectively. Slugs and snails are the bane of every gardener’s life. If you are going to use non-organic slug pellets then place some tiles or upturned pots over areas where you have scattered some pellets. This is safer and a more effective trick of waging the war on our slimy opponent. Visit in store for more advice on caring for your plants this summer.
Keep your plants watered and happy!