SG571: The Top 40 Most Wanted Plants List

In today’s show, I’m sharing the Top 40 Most Wanted Planted List or as I like to call it, "The Plants We Pine For”. These are the plants that gardeners around the country mention when you ask them to finish this sentence: “I wish I planted more….” This particular Most Wanted List is compiled from my garden friends, listeners of the show, and gardening posts on social media. These plants are the gorgeous blooms and delicious edibles we just can’t get enough of - and it’s a thrill to walk through this A to Z list of heart-stealers: from allium to zinnia.

Of course, just because a plant is loved doesn’t mean it’s problem free - so take heed: You will still fight pests, disease, or even thuggish behavior in the right circumstances. If you hear something on this list and decide to follow suite and try it in your garden, then do your homework first: talk to other gardeners in your area, check these plant suggestions with garden center folks or even do your own online homework to be extra safe.    

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Still Growing is one of the reliably informative gardening podcasts from North America. The format consists of an intro (personal gardening status chat, seasonal remarks), an extended interview with a guest, and an outro with funny outtakes, side remarks, and some chatter (poems, readings) from the host's children. The podcast is focused on reliable knowledge - the guests are typically experts like academics, master gardeners, gardening entrepreneurs or public garden leaders. The intro and especially the outro give it a homey feel. Given I live in the high northern region, just a little below the Polar Circle, I'm always looking for more cold-weather oriented gardening information. Jennifer Ebeling is in Minnesota, so that's helpful to me! Vegetable gardening (my main interest) gets a good share, but is not predominant. Most topics transcend your specific gardening interest and are applicable to many styles: landscaping principles, vermicomposting, greenhouses. The episodes are typically an hour long, which is just fine for me.

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  3. mozgarden on June 24, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    While the majority of commercially-available home soil test kits don’t test for anything behind the basic NPK list above and sometimes soil acidity, there’s other nutrients that your plants need for continued growth. Some of those include calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and more.

  4. mozgarden on June 24, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Why Should You Test Your Soil?
    Just like people, plants have particular nutrients they need to grow. In fact, every box of fertilizer has a list of the most common ones – nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous. There’s also other nutrients, like calcium, which are essential to healthy plants.

    When you first start to garden, it’s important to test your soil to know what you’re working with. That way, you can amend it to suit the needs of what you want to grow. Without testing, you won’t know if your base soil is already just fine and ready to go, or whether it’s going to require a lot of blending with other materials to improve it enough to be fertile.

    You may find you don’t need to fertilize at all. Over-fertilization can actually cause problems with your plants, causing them to grow erratically. Root-forking is common in carrots that have been over fertilized, for example. Nobody wants a three-legged carrot! But if your soil is lacking nutrients, you need to be aware of it so you can repair that.

    You’ll need to know the pH of your soil as well. Too alkaline or acidic soil will not produce good growth results. While all plants are different, and require different levels of acidity or alkalinity, most like a neutral range.

    If you don’t test your soil, you simply can’t determine what you’ve got at hand. And how are you going to guarantee the best growth your plants could possibly support without knowing?

    What Types Of Tests To Run On Your Soil
    So you know why you should test. Next we’ll go over what you need to test. Some of these things are more important than others, so let’s dive in!

    Macronutrient Testing
    Most fertilizers have an NPK rating. That string of numbers tells you what the ratios of nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), and potassium (K) are in your fertilizer.

    But what you don’t know is whether your soil has too much potassium to start out. It’s important to test your soil prior to adding additional fertilizer. After all, if you have a nitrogen-dense soil, why add more to it?

    There are chemical tests which have varying levels of accuracy on P and K, but most tests tend to be inaccurate on nitrogen. Nitrogen tends to be somewhat mobile in the soil, and can also become patchy. It’s also heavily used by plants as the primary ingredient to spur leaf and stem growth. Even soil test facilities have a hard time measuring nitrogen well!

    Phosphorous spurs fruit and flower growth, and is essential to folks growing tomatoes or other fruits and vegetables. Too much of this nutrient can cause a plant to put out an overly-large number of flowers. It might look beautiful while they’re in bloom. But for anything that fruits, you may be creating a lot of future stress on the plant.

    Potassium is the root-developer. Without enough potassium, root systems may stay small, curtailing the plant’s eventual growth. Too much potassium may be a problem for people who’re growing root crops, as it can cause misshapen roots.

    Micronutrient Testing
    While the majority of commercially-available home soil test kits don’t test for anything behind the basic NPK list above and sometimes soil acidity, there’s other nutrients that your plants need for continued growth. Some of those include calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and more.

    There’s also other more ominous things that can be tested for, such as lead or an abundance of sulfates from ice melts. While some of these can be in even healthy soil, too high of a lead content can be a risk for you or your kids. Sulfates can stunt growth in some plants if the levels are too high.

    Soil pH Testing

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