Rebirth in the Garden

By Linda Nowak-Carlson, Floral Buyer

The garden is the ultimate example of “Rebirth.” It’s almost a magical event, and it happens every year. All the bulbs you planted last fall or over the years are emerging from a long sleep. The new growth on the perennials is showing and soon your flower garden will be an amazing riot of shapes and colors.

If we could only see the root growth our trees and shrubs put on during the past cool weather, we would be quite happy. It was a rather mild winter and the soil stayed warm longer than usual, and this is perfect for plants to put on root growth. Your job now is to continue with deep, fairly infrequent watering, to keep those roots happy. If the roots are happy, the tops of the plants will look happy too. Of course, the plants that are shallow-rooted will need more frequent watering.
In the vegetable garden, you have been enjoying your greens, lettuce and arugula. Perhaps even an early planting of radishes, salad turnips, and broccoli. We’d love to hear what successes you had in your cool season garden. As the days get longer, our thoughts shift to what veggies we’ll grow for the warm season. If you’ve saved seed from last year, a type of rebirth, or have purchased organic seed at BriarPatch—High Mowing, Redwood Seed and Seed Savers Exchange, you want to sow your seed at least six weeks before you plant outside. It’s important to know your typical last frost date.

If I haven’t started my own seed, I buy my veggie starts from the local growers that provide beautiful, healthy plants to us. These plants are acclimated to our climate and selected by the growers because they do well here. If you purchase plants early in the season like I do, you can shift them into a larger container. Keep them protected until it’s time to plant and you’ll begin the season with a larger root system.

In the floral department, it seems like the cyclical nature of the holidays revolves faster each year. Soon it will be Easter; April 21st. The giving of flowers, whether in a bouquet or a container, creates an immediate connection with people. Many of the flowering plants you buy for Easter are things you can plant outside and enjoy for an extended length of time.
Then Mother’s Day arrives on May 12th, a time to honor the mother in each of us. It is about this time that the foothills come alive with daffodils, tulips, quince, forsythia and daphne. Visit our newly expanded garden center for a plant that will make the gardener in your life very happy. And, as you enter the store, you’ll be surrounded with abundant bouquets and flowering plants to help celebrate motherhood.

Everyday, we are here to help you enjoy nature at her finest during this most colorful season. As always, please contact us at floral@briarpatch.coop if you have any gardening or floral questions.

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