Annuals and veggies can be planted outside once the plants can fully handle the weather. Each plant has a different cold threshold. Some may be able to handle minus 5 while others only survive frost free weather.
Water when you plant. Plant in moist soil. Rain may sustain plants but during a dry spell you will need to check the soil. If you use your finger as a dipstick again and the soil is dry and hard, water is needed. If the soil can still be rolled between your fingers, no water is needed.
Fertilizing a flower bed or garden can be done several ways.
- Use a well decomposed compost/manure and work in to the soil before you plant.
- Use a granular fertilizer monthly during the growing season.
- Use a water soluble fertilizer attachment to your garden hose - several different products are available.
Fertilizing can make the difference between having a few tomatoes or a plant full of fruit. Flowers will also be more prolific if “fed” well.
When planting, plant at the existing level of roots/soil.