I’m beginning to see that it really is amazing – and interesting – the things we are more than happy to do for our friends.
The weekend before last my daughter and I got to spend time with one of my oldest and dearest friends. When I called to see if we could stop by, she mentioned she was going to be planting some flowers. For some reason I thought she was talking Annuals and offered to help if she needed it. She gratefully accepted.
Well as it turns out, we were planting roses. As she had never grown a rose before, I was glad I could step in and share my knowledge.
After pulling some weeds and turning over the soil, we had to address the fact that her soil had a lot of clay in it. Clay soil tends to drain more slowly when you water it and it tends to hold on to the water longer, which can cause problems with your plants. One of the first things we needed to do was amend the soil. By mixing in top soil, peat moss or compost, you are adding air to the soil and lightening it up which helps with drainage.
Once the soil was ready, we started digging our holes. With clay soil, you want the hole to be wider than you might dig if you had looser, sandier soil. We also put some mulch at the bottom of the hole to help with drainage then loosened up the root balls, added some starter fertilizer and dropped in each rose bush. As we filled in the holes, we mixed in a little more top soil.
It was a great afternoon and I was so glad I was able to help. I can’t wait until the next time we go over so I can see how our “labor of love” is doing.
Until next time……