“There’s controversy in gardening?” is a question I’m often asked, as if gardening were crafting, I suppose. Rant readers, who can answer that question while citing the hottest topics in gardening today, may be surprised to learn about a new one – soil amendments, good or bad.
Yes, despite long-held beliefs about the value of adding compost and fertilizers when planting trees, shrubs and perennials, at least two Extension universities are saying it’s a waste of time and money and that the amendments may even impair the growth of the plant. See Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott’s “The Myth of Soil Amendments” for Washington State and more amendment myth-busting from Oregon State – the 4th and 8th myths.
So when I searched Youtube to find videos demonstrating proper planting technique, I found some experts I trust making no mention of amendments while others recommending all sorts of them. So is the jury in on the amendment question, or are there still good arguments to make for them? Will more be revealed?
Well, I sure don’t know. So when I recommended the following videos I added an “Update” about the Washington and Oregon recommendations, because the whole Good Gardening Videos campaign is about evidence-based information. Viewers will just have to decide for themselves, I guess. But long-held and even beloved practices like adding good old compost at planting won’t go away overnight, I’m betting, if ever.
Videos about Planting Trees and Shrubs
“How to Plant a Tree, Step by Step” by Charlie Nardozzi for the National Gardening Association. Though he recommends planting in fall, the how-to advice applies equally well to spring, which is the most popular time to plant because that’s when the garden centers are well stocked with plants.
“How to Plant a Knock-Out Rose” by Star Roses.
“How to Plant a Tree from a Container” by Osmocote is helpful and doesn’t even mention using their products.
Videos about Transplanting (moving) Trees and Shrubs
“How to Transplant a Large Plant” by Utah State.
Videos about Planting Perennials
“Top Tips for Planting Perennials” by Lucy Summers, author of the (Royal Hort Society-endorsed) Greenfingers Guides. We include this non-North American expert because it’s so useful (after she calls it “a bit silly and a bit basic.”)
Videos about Transplanting (moving) PerennialsSusan Harris on February 24, 2017 at 8:02 am, in the category Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, Watch Someone Else Do It.