gardening in Ocean View DE
I have recently moved to Ocean View, Delaware in the vicinity of Collins Creek (feedds in to Bay). I want to landscape my front and back yard with plants and flowers and would like to know what plants do best and what to do to soil to enhance it's quality. I am interested in primarily perrenials but also like annuals for pops of color.I also want to plant three trees in honor of my grandchildren and would like to know what trees do best in the area. I also am planning to plant a small garden for vegetables (roughly 5' by 10')
LATE NOTICE BUT you may also want to attend the 11th Annual Gardening for the Bays native plant sale on May 2. See http://www.inlandbays.org/events/native-plant/ for more information.
Begin with soil tests; one for your proposed perennial beds and one for your proposed vegetable garden. Information about the UD soil testing program, including how to acquire test kits and prepare test samples at http://ag.udel.edu/dstp/index.html The results of these tests will recommend those soil amendments that will be required. Consider creating two 5 x 5 raised beds for you vegetable garden in a location that receives a minimum of eight hours of sun daily. You can find two useful factsheets on creating raised beds and suggestions for plants for home vegetable gardens at http://extension.udel.edu/lawngarden/delaware-urban-food-and-farm-coalition/ Scroll down to New Resources where you will find links to these documents that can be downloaded.
Making recommendations for perennials and trees in your landscape is a pretty tall order since we do not know the topography of your property, thy style of your home, your color and scent preferences. A general rule of thumb is to use as many native plants in your landscape as possible to support your area ecosystem and minimize maintenance. You can find a list of native plants for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed at http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/pdf/chesapeakenatives.pdf
Look for those plants that are coded for Region C and State DE.
You can also visit local garden centers to familiarize yourself with native plants, their appearance, mature size and environmental requirements. Most especially, visit the Delaware Master Gardeners Sussex County demonstration garden to see plants and receive advise. The demonstration garden website is at http://extension.udel.edu/lawngarden/master-gardener-volunteer-educators/sussex-county/demonstration-garden/
The Sussex County Master Gardeners contact information is also given at this website.
I hope that you find this information helpful as you begin your quest for the perfect landscape for your home.
Thank you so much - I am planning on attending the Native Plant Sale today - what perfect timing! Am looking forward to learning and buying - what a great event!
You are very welcome. You have a lovely day for shopping.