Gardening & Flowers:
Do you have a green thumb?
Or would you like one?
BY NIKKI CARLSON
Spring is in the air, and if
you’re like many Havreites your thoughts are turning to flowers, gardening and the smell of freshly cut grass on a sunny
Saturday morning. Everyone has their own ideas of what grows best on the Hi-Line and when to plant, water and fertilize. It seems there is little consensus in that regard, so I sought out local experts in the business to see what they had
to say. I spoke with Bob's Greenhouse co-owners Bob and Kathy Doney and co-owners Paul and Lorrie Hanson of Downtown
Gardens to get the low-down on flower and vegetable gardening and what grows best on the Hi-Line. I also researched the best approach to planting a lawn.
For success with a vegetable garden:
• Insure that the soil is not too wet or cold before planting.
• For organic gardening treat the soil with seaweed or fish emulsion, or add
compost. If using compost, insure that it has been aged a year or two to prevent
vegetable burn. For the less patient, bagged compost will do the trick.
• For most gardening a general-purpose fertilizer will work nicely
• Select vegetables with a Zone 3 or Zone 4 designation* and plant late May or
• Many varieties of vegetables grow well on the Hi-Line, including cabbage,
kohlrabi, beets, onions, squash, radishes, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and corn.
• Thinking about potted gardening? Tomatoes, peppers or patio cucumbers grow
well with limited space, and container gardens with vegetables, fruits and herbs
are a growing trend because people don't have weeds to contend with.
• Soil needs to be moist and covering the top soil with leaves helps retain the
moisture and limits evaporation.
• Water when the top soil is dry. Depending on size, an irrigation or drip system is
an option, or overhead sprinklers work well. In a pinch, hand-watering has been
working for generations.
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