two ounces per gallon of water, use one ounce instead. If you are using a liquid fertilizer straight from the bottle, dilute it with additional water to a 1:1 ratio. Using the halfstrength fertilizer/water mix for irrigation will help give the transplants, whether vegetable or flower, a jump start on getting established in the flower bed or container. As you look around your landscape, you might decide to do some additional shrub plantings this spring to enhance what you already have or to fill bare spots. Just walking into your local garden center with all the plants displayed in full color will give you the urge to plant some more! Be still, my horticultural heart.
When it comes to deciding what shrub or tree to plant, there seems to be a debate of “native” vs. “nonnative” plant people. The term “native” is up for discussion, as there are a variety of definitions of what “native” truly is. I really think that this plant debate is not productive, as there are places in the landscape for both “types” of plants. From a horticultural standpoint, I have always felt that the right approach is “the right plant for the right place” rather than this either-or discussion. I appreciate the qualities and merits of both groups of plants and use them both in the landscape. We must remember that we do not live in a pre-Colonial wilder-
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