This post has been compensated as part of Central Garden and Pet’s, Pennington Smart Feed Blogger Program. A positive review was not required and use and testing of this product were done in my home garden, according to my own criteria and specifications. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product.
Has the weather been crazy, in your location, this summer? Nothing about our climate has been normal, Nebraska weather. And that says quite a bit, since it is a long-established and accepted fact that nothing about weather in Nebraska, is “normal”. We expect that. Literally, I have seen 40 degree changes in the same day! It’s possible to be in shirt-sleeves with sunshine , only to go inside, look out the window and see snow, only a couple hours later. And yet, there ARE some established patterns, we’ve become accustomed to. But this summer? Well, this summer is over-the-top, even for the expected unexpectedness of things. 🙂 Typically, by June 10th we would be sweating bullets, praying for rain and running the air on double-time. However, our formerly severe-drought-suffering state (We’ve actually been in a drought for the last several years.), is overflowing with moisture and our condition has been downgraded to just moderate-drought status. We have had SOME rain, every day for weeks, now, and on many of the days it has been torrential, gully-washing rain. The other unusual thing is that the temperatures have been very cool.
It’s 10:00 in the morning, here, and we haven’t even hit 70°! We’re still getting down into the low 50’s overnight and rarely hit higher than 80°, if that, in the heat of the afternoon. This is good news, right? Well, yes and no. It’s great that the water table is looking better and we have the moisture necessary for crops, gardens and lawns to grow. It’s saved us a ton of money on irrigating and air-conditioning, plus I have been able to keep the house opened up every single day. I love the fresh, spring and summer breezes flowing through our home!
However, the continued soggy earth has made it difficult to get any plants or seeds in the ground. And the most critical element of all, once they have been planted, seeds and plants need warmth and sunshine, right along with the water they require, in order for them to grow and flourish. This is especially true of tomatoes. They like it HOT and humid, with loads of sunshine — at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight a day. Do you remember the beautiful tomato plants from my last post? I know — gorgeous, right? Well, there has been little or no growth and the best way to describe them is sort of “anemic”. Their color is not the deep green I would expect and they are still sort of scraggly, “new” plants, even this many weeks later, instead of spreading out and growing new foliage. Thankfully, I nourished them well with Pennington’s Smart Feed Sprayer System for Tomatoes and Vegetables, on the day I planted them. I believe that is what has allowed them to hold their own, as we have waited for the weather to settle down.
And I’m happy to report, that today is the beginning of a brilliantly sunny new week, I think! The sun is shining brightly and there isn’t a drop of rain in the forecast. The temperatures are still not extremely hot, but the gorgeous sunshine will kick those little photosynthesis factories in my tomato plant leaves, into high gear and we should see some greening and growth over the next few days. I will also do another quick feeding of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium with Pennington’s Smart Feed for Tomatoes and Vegetables, so the plants have all the nutrients they need to facilitate that burst of energy!
In case you’re wondering if I’m a little bit excited about this sunny turn to the weather, let me just say, “SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!” It’s a good day and I have great plans for working outside. AND, I’m going to wear THIS. And I don’t care who sees me! 🙂
So today, on this beautiful sunny afternoon, I am going to celebrate, pull out my Pennington Smart Feed Spraying System to nourish the plants I already have established and really put the All Purpose Fertilizer to the test, as we overseed some bare spots in the lawn, and finally get my gorgeous Mother’s Day hydrangea in the ground! Don’t you think it will be gorgeous, here, by the front steps?
Be sure to check out my tomato planting video, for specific step-by-step instructions to use the Simple Pennington Smart Feed Sprayer System in your own garden! No guesswork and no messy mixing. The sprayer makes fertilizing a simple job; and if we’re being honest here, I leave it attached to my hose 24/7 and just use it as a watering sprayer, when I’m not fertilizing. With four adjustable spray settings, there is no reason to spend money on a separate sprayer. I LIKE saving money and you can, affordably, get these same great products for your own garden at retailers in your area. I picked mine up at our small town Walmart. The sprayer was only $14.99 and came pre-filled with All Purpose fertilizer tablets. Now, I call THAT a bargain!
So, how are things growing in your “neck of the woods”? Has the weather been cooperating with your lawn and garden plans? Are you a super-garden-braniac and mix your own specialty fertilizers or are you more like me and rely on a great company like Pennington to provide the standard acceptable nutrient mixes for your specific growing needs? Their Smart Feed Spraying System is definitely one of my favorite new gardening tools, this summer.