Planting and Maintenance
Now, let's get to planting!
However, that's not to say you can't plant in the spring, too! The plants may just need a little more attention and watering to help them get established. You obviously need to make sure there is no danger of frost, whichever season you decide to plant in.
Select a day to pick up your plants from the nursery, and if it's a sunny day, plan to plant your plants once the sun is off your garden area (preferably in the late afternoon/evening).
Once you get ready to plant, set the plants (in their containers) in the layout you designed, and get one last look before you start digging holes. You may want to make some last minute alterations to your design.
You probably know how to dig a hole and put a plant in it, but I always like to add a little water in the bottom of the hole to help moisten the roots.
Once you have them in the soil, give them a good, long drink.
If the weather is going to be warm and sunny, be sure to water your plants daily. If it's cool and overcast they will probably be okay with being watered every 3 days or so.
|My little front butterfly garden, shortly after planting in 2012|
After the first week, they usually do alright with weekly waterings, but that of course depends on the weather.
Once your garden is established, you still have to work to keep it looking nice, just like any garden.
|My butterfly garden in 2014|
Weeding will be necessary, but applying mulch will help your efforts there.
The most intensive weeding period is from late Spring to early Summer. Try to disturb the soil as little as possible, since this brings up more weed seeds into the sunlight, giving them a chance to sprout. Aim for weeding a little bit several times a week, rather than putting it off for long periods and then having a huge job on your hands.
Dead-heading blooms on many plant species will help keep growth tidy, and encourage a longer bloom season.
Now it's time to enjoy that garden! Next time, we'll discuss simple ways you and your family can further enjoy the new butterfly habitat you have created. See you, then!
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