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April 10, 2013

Tim's Tips: Choose soil carefully for garden beds

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The yields that we get from the soil are fantastic. Remember, once you fill those raised beds, you are going to be using that soil for years to come. Start off with good quality soil and you will be able to successfully grow vegetable in your raised beds.

If you haven’t started to remove the winter mulch from your perennial beds and from around your rose bushes, now is the time to do so. The soil is warming up and your plants will begin to awaken from their winter nap. Once the mulch is removed, you should add some lime to the soil if you did not do so in the fall. An application of organic fertilizer will get the plants to begin to grow again.

Speaking of rose bushes, you should be pruning out any dead branches that didn’t make it through the winter. You can also prune back your butterfly bushes and the Rose of Sharon. Your spring flowering shrubs should be pruned back after they are done flowering.

Your blueberry bushes, grape vines, strawberry plants and raspberry bushes will benefit from an application of organic fertilizer.

Well, that should keep you busy this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.

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

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