, Newburyport, MA


May 22, 2013

Check weather before planting


Given a choice, you always want your plants to be acclimated to being outdoors. If the day is sunny and windy, you should wait until the wind dies down and you should not put those plants out if the temperatures are going to be 80 degrees and higher. If the plants are hardened off by exposure to the sun and wind, windy and hot days may still burn the leaves. As I said earlier in this column, a cloudy and cooler day is the better day to set out new plants.

As I said earlier, once the plants are in the ground, they need to put out a new root system. You can help your plants out by giving them an application of a plant starter fertilizer. This fertilizer comes in a liquid form and is mixed with water. You add the fertilizer to a watering can and add water. You would then use this mixture to water your plants after the plants are in the ground. This solution can be used when planting annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, and trees and shrubs. It is also used when you are potting up your window boxes or your other planters.

You only need to use this solution when you are first planting your plants. If you put your plants in this past weekend, you should still use this fertilizer solution. After the application of this fertilizer solution, you should regularly water and fertilize your plants.

Memorial Day weekend is coming up. For many of you, it will be the weekend to get your plants into the garden.

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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