Garden News Blog

Off to a Wet Start

It’s always helpful when the weather cooperates with your gardening plans. This week’s soaking rain started just a few days after BBG’s gardeners finished planting the Urban Garden exhibit. “It was kind of nice timing. That’ll help everything get established,” says Warm Temperate Pavilion curator Karla Chandler, who is overseeing the container displays near the Terrace Café. In the coming weeks, watch for the trellises and containers planted there to fill out with a variety of thriving edible plants like snap peas, eggplant, and raspberries, as well as companion plants like nasturtiums and marigolds which will help repel pests and attract beneficial insects. “I do hope we get a few days of sun and warmer weather soon,” says Chandler. “The annual vegetables really like warm soil and warm summer nights.”

Sarah Schmidt edits BBG's Garden News Blog and the Guides for a Greener Planet handbook series.

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These trellises and containers will eventually be flush with plants. Photo by Jean-Marc Grambert.