Grafted Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a popular purchase at our annual plant sale. We offer both traditional and grafted tomatoes, and the planting instructions are very different.

Since tomatoes will root from the stem, “traditional” tomatoes are planted deeply, to encourage a stronger root system. But if you plant grafted tomatoes too deep, you’ll lose the benefit of the graft.

Jim, our lead grafter, has written a grafted tomato planting guide to help you get the most out of your grafted tomato. 

July

Ornamentals
ALWAYS READ THE LABEL – Taking a fresh look at the label is important whenever using garden pesticides – whether chemical or organic. Labels will tell you what diseases, insects or weeds should be controlled and where the product may be used. It will also tell you the mixing or application rate and safety precautions that should be taken when handling. Continue reading

June

Ornamentals

• Fertilize your late-spring flowering bulbs as soon as they finish blooming – use 5-10-5 or 5-10-10 fertilizer or a water-soluble fertilizer according to directions. Continue reading

May

Planting Out

• Pull weeds before applying a fresh layer of mulch on landscape beds.

• Water-in all transplants. Planting on a cloudy day will minimize the shock to new plants. Continue reading

April

 

• First of all–patience! April is early in our gardening year. As soon as we get a taste of the warm weather to come, we gardeners get itchy to garden! Remember that the “early risers” are first to wake. Don’t assume that plant you bought last summer didn’t survive because it’s not rising with the bleeding hearts. Many plants won’t break dormancy until the end of April, early May. Don’t make rash decisions. Continue reading

November

Ornamentals

Clean up the flower garden. Remove dead annuals, cut back dead tops on perennials, thin out groundcovers, trim a few unruly shrub branches, stash stakes and pull weeds. Leave some tops on heavy seeder perennials for the birds. Continue reading

October

Ornamentals

  • Finish planting in early October. Most perennials can be divided now.  All divisions and transplanting should be finished by the middle of October. Note: some perennials resent division, such as butterfly weed, euphorbia, Oriental poppy, and gas plants (Dictamnus albus). Continue reading