I woke up this morning and the weather forecast was sunny, warmer weather but it may be cooler by lake Michigan… Well, today was one of those days that it was COLDER by the lake. Today is May 15th, and we can begin planting in the city. We won’t have the threat of frost. I began pulling my elephant ears (alocasia) out of my greenhouse and planted them in containers on my roof. Also, I started planting my vegetables in my new raised bed on the roof. I will begin showing a couple of pictures in the next couple of weeks. Anyway, spring planting has finally begun!
In Chicago, our springtime temperatures can be quite varied. In 2011, Chicagoland temperatures have been extremely cold. I decided last weekend to remove my winter display and begin planting a spring time window box.
I am fortunate to obtain excellent quality plants at our local Home Depot. This year I picked up tulips, daffodils, pansies, hyacinths, and snow drops. All of the plants were just coming through the ground so that my display will last much longer and I can watch them grow. Here are a couple of my tips for creating an amazing display.
1) I removed ½ of the soil that was still in the container. I was amazed this year that soil had frozen clumps. Usually by April 1st, the soil is much easier to work with.
2) Use a high quality soil. I prefer moisture control.
3) Over plant the window box. I only keep the Spring Time box for 6 weeks. In Chicago, the last day we can have a frost is by May 15th. I begin my summer planting by then.
4) Remember to fertilize. I use bloomer mix especially for the pansies.
5) Dead your flowers often. This will additional flowers to grow during this short season.
I am looking forward to working on my rooftop garden and will keep you informed about the progress that is being made. Happy Spring!
The warmer weather is finally here and now that the soil is also warming up you can get busy planting out your vegetable beds with a huge variety of vegetables and herbs. Early October you can plant/sow: Silverbeet, Rainbow Chard, Broccoli, Kohlrabi, Cauliflower, Asian greens, Cabbages, Spinach, Leeks, Lettuce, Celery, Endive, Spring onions, Radish, Carrots, […]
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