May In The Garden

May In The Garden

Debbie Odom

Spring is in full swing and there is plenty to do in your garden.

Watering

As the temperatures increase, be sure to keep your plants watered thoroughly. Most plants like to be moist at all times. They don’t want to be too wet or too dry. With increasing temperatures and minimal amounts of rain, your plants can dry out quickly. Make sure to water two to three times a week.

Mulching

Help keep plants cool and moist during the summer by applying a thick layer of mulch.  Mulch also helps keep weeds down.  Pine Straw, Leaves, or Bark make excellent mulches for your Camellias.  Stay Natural, not synthetic.  Rubber mulch is not adequate because it adds nothing back to the soil as does natural mulches. 

Insect Control

May is the perfect time to address your insect needs.  Tea Scale, Mites, Aphids and other insects are prime for eating your plants as they start growing.  Get a handle on them NOW and don’t wait until you have a big issue before you begin to take control!   Read More

Planting

Spring is an excellent time to plant, but don’t wait too long.  Actually, you can plant all year as long as you are addressing the watering concerns for the summer.  Camellias and other plants installed during the summer months will require more water and nutrients, so adjust the irrigation system, put out a sprinkler or get your hose ready and plant away!  READ MORE

Fertilizing

Your plants should be actively growing and in addition to water they will need food.  We recommend anything organic, but in our opinion, the best fertilizer to use is Holly-Tone and we use it on all of our plants.  READ MORE

 

HARVESTING TEA FROM CAMELLIA SINENSIS! Growing Your Own Tea

May is the optimal month for harvesting tea from your Camellia Sinensis Tea Plants!  Plants should be flushing by now and will do so throughout the summer!  I just love those summer days of harvesting and making my own Green, Oolong, and Black Tea straight from my garden and without having to worry that there are pesticides and other harmful things in my tea!  Be sure to visit The Tea Gardener Blog on CamelliaShop for articles on growing your own tea! 

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