Looking to add to your garden on the cheap? (If you live in the northern hemisphere) Now is the perfect time to get bare root plants on sale. And there is still plenty of time to plant these bare beauties. I have a few fruit trees I planted bare root last year, but this year I went with smaller edibles: a blueberry, three raspberries, one rhubarb, and twelve strawberries (the whole lot cost less than $20).
Can you say pie? Yes, I have been staying up at night dreaming of a pie garden. If I am ever lucky enough to have property, I will have a grand and abundant pie and preserves garden. For now, this little planting is surely a step in the right direction.
I thought I'd share a few tips I've learned about planting bare root plants:
- Set the roots in a bucket of clean water for a nice long soak (at least an hour) before planting.
- Don't drastically amend the soil, one of the benefits of bare roots is that they will adapt to native soils quite well.
- That said, a little compost never hurt any plant.
- Don't plant them too deeply, leave the crowns exposed.
- Water, water, water to help them get established.
Am I the only one who dreams of growing pie from scratch?