How to Maintain Planted Beds and Borders Online Course

How to Care for Planted Borders, Beds and

Vegetable Plots

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Vegetable Plots

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Ornamental Mixed Planting Beds

How to maintain Your Outdoor Planted Veg’ Plot

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Here’s a video about how to maintain your planted vegetable plot:

 

Here’s a Step By Step Guide

Dutch Hoe

Use the hoe to undercut weeds, leave annual weeds on the surface if it is dry, the sun will kill them. Make sure you hoe weeds before they flower and go to seed. Annual weeds have fine roots. Hoeing also cultivates the soil alleviating compaction, adding air for microorganisms to break down organic matter providing nutrients for the plants. Use the hoe to sort weeds and litter into piles

Draw hoe

Use this to remove weeds in rows of crops. Use the draw hoe to undercut weeds, leave annual weeds on the surface if it is dry, the sun will kill them. Make sure you hoe weeds before they flower and go to seed. Annual weeds have fine roots. Hoeing also cultivates the soil alleviating compaction, adding air for microorganisms to break down organic matter providing nutrients for the plants. Use the hoe to sort weeds and litter into piles

Border Fork

This is smaller than a garden fork is great for getting in between plants, use this fork to dig up well established weeds, especially perennial weeds  (these have larger thicker roots with a food store) all of the root needs to be removed in order to prevent re growth. Using the fork helps to also cultivates the soil alleviating compaction, adding air for microorganisms to break down organic matter providing nutrients for the plants.

Three Pronged Rake

Use this cultivating rake to gather weeds and litter into a pile. Raking also cultivates the soil alleviating compaction, adding air for microorganisms to break down organic matter providing nutrients for the plants.

Sieve

Use a 10mm gauge sieve to separate your piles of weeds into waste and soil. The soil you can sieve straight back onto the border or plot

Hands and Fingers

Use your fingers to remove weeds close to young plants, and to remove dead foliage, flowers and litter. This will help encourage new growth/flowers and help prevent the spread of pests and diseases.

Earth Up

Use your hands or a Dutch hoe to earth up potatoes, leeks and celery to improve your yield.

Mulch

Place a layer of compost on the soil around the plants, make sure that the mulch does not lie on the stems and foliage create a well where the stem grows from that looks like a doughnut or volcano. Only much is the soil is damp and un frozen.

Fertiliser

Apply a top dress (tea spoon of fish blood and bone/ash/dried chicken manure per veg’ plant) by sprinkling on the surface avoiding any contact with the leaves, stems or roots.

Watering

Water in the evening so that is has the night to absorb the moisture without it evaporating quickly from the heat of the day. Making sure the water pools where the stem meets the soil.

So at the end your plot should look weed free, litter free and cultivated

Plant Protection

Don’t forget to protect your young vegetable plants from frost and pests.

Netting

Use netting to protect your veg’ plants as a barrier to butterflies, caterpillars and pigeons

Fleece

Protect young tender plants from frosts using fleece and remember for tender plants the last week of May is the best time to plant out as most of the frosts are over ‘don’t cast off a clout until may is out!’

Support

Provide support for your runner beans and climbing plants

Maintaining Ornamental Beds and Borders

Step by Step Guide on:

How to maintain established mixed planting schemes containing ornamental plants.

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De-weed the beds removing all of the weeds litter and undesirable material completely from the bed you can still use a hoe but as the plants are not in straight rows then a dutch hoe is the best tool you can also use a 3 prong rake and a border fork, to remove weeds and to cultivate the top inch of soil.

Mulch

Mulch carefully around existing plants usually in early spring you can use compost wood chip or bark chip around perennials, shrubs and trees to suppress weeds feed the plants and conserve moisture.

Here’s a master class filmed in our ornamental Hampton House Garden to help you understand the tasks needed to maintain ornamental/amenity planting schemes:   

  

Quiz Time

Have ago at filling in the blanks on the doodle sheet below by down loading it and printing it off

Border care doodle sheet

Here’s a word search covering some of the jargon we have used  on this page about maintaining beds, borders and veg’ plots

Border Care Word Search

Here’s a multiple choice test all about what we have covered on this page about maintaining beds, borders and veg’ plots

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