, Newburyport, MA


January 2, 2013

Tim's Tips: Make a resolution to garden better


Make a resolution to keep your plants fertilized this coming season. Each year, many customers come in and inquire as to why their window boxes, hanging baskets, perennials, vegetable garden, etc. are “not growing that well.” I will ask them all the same question: how often they fertilize their plants.

Many times the customer will reply, “Well, I water the plants,” or they may answer, “I fertilized the plants when I planted them.” No matter what type of fertilizer you use, the plant will use that fertilizer up and you will have to replace it if you want the plants to grow properly. If you follow the directions on the package, you will apply the fertilizer at the proper interval and your plants will then grow the way you want.

These are just a few things you can resolve to do in 2013 to make your gardens a better place for your plants to grow. Remember, spring is just around the corner. It must be because we have received the 2013 seed packets in our store.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.


Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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