Late Spring planting and care.

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Late Spring planting and care.

Now that we are in late spring here are a few things you can still plant and ways to take care of the plants you put in earlier in the season. You have a lot of options still for your yard annuals and perennials alike. If you have a lot of shaded areas and Annuals is what you want, try caladiums, impatiens, New Guinea impatiens, coleus, begonias, or annual salvia. For sunnier spots Shasta daisy, Artemisia, garden mums, coreopsis, salvias, coneflowers, black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia), or summer phlox. Perennials will give you year after year foliage, for shaded spots try hosta, columbine, farfugium, toad lily, or ferns. For end of season flowering bulbs, after the they have stopped flowering resist the urge to cut back the lankly green leaves, they are making food to store for next year’s blooms. In your vegetable beds once tomatoes and peppers begin to fruit, lightly apply nitrogen fertilizer every couple weeks. This will help keep your plants growing and fruit yield. You may want to apply a layer of Mulch around tomatoes to help maintain soil moisture. Lastly don’t for get to look out for pests! A common garden pest on many types of plants, both vegetable and ornamental, are Aphids, they multiply quickly and can wreak havoc on your plants. Release lady bugs in your garden and you’ll both be happy, the lady bugs will feast on your Aphids and you’ll keep your plants happy and healthy. Just a little TLC and you can have a great spring garden that you can enjoy into the summer.