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Planting Dos and Don'ts

Our Apprentice Gardener Veronica Perez Diaz gives some expert advice on planting.
Better Bankside's apprentice gardener - Veronica Perez Diaz
Veronica Perez Diaz
Urban Gardener

Planting should always be about enjoying nature, having fun and getting your hands dirty! So here are some tips I have learnt whilst working as Apprentice Gardener for Better Bankside, that will hopefully make this experience as simple and pleasurable as it should be…

Do:

1 - Before planting, make sure to assess your soil type and structure, dig a spade's depth and check how much life is in your soil, a good way to tell if your soil is healthy is to count how many earth worms are in your spadeful of soil, five worms is a great sign!

2 - Choose the right plant for your site, this includes soil type and light conditions.

3 - Think of wildlife whenever you choose your plants, species such as Catnip, Lavender, Red Valerian and Sedum provide a great source of pollen and habitat for beneficial insects, but are also very resilient plants.

Don't:

1 - Forgetting to break up the soil is an easy mistake to make. After digging a hole for your plant make sure to loosen the soil so the roots can expand properly.

2 - Never plant above the nursery line, that is the line from which you see the stem.

3 - Do not forget to take the after care of your plants into consideration, that includes watering regularly, checking for pests and diseases, deadheading and pruning if needed.

Created Jul 31 2014