New Series: Tips from the Chicks

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Kyra here to introduce our next blog series. While we were sad to see our Flash Fiction series “What if you Fly” come to an end, the chicks and I are changing it up a bit for the next few weeks to offer a glimpse into our daily lives. And what better way to do that than to offer you some “Tips from the Chicks.”

See, away from our keyboards and author mugshots photos, we’re seven normal chicks who share a lot in common with many of you. Well, okay–normal miiiiight be stretching it a bit for a few of us. LOL  But at the end of the day, we’re pumping our own gas and cooking our own meals just like everyone else. (And some of those meals aren’t even burnt to a crisp.)

So kick back and enjoy these homespun tips as you get to learn a little bit more about the KickAss Chicks.

Tip #1: DEADHEADING (aka FLOWERBED REVIVAL)

When asked to come up with a “tip” for this series, I instantly bowed out of anything to do with cooking. I may make a mean bowl of cold cereal, but that’s nothing to write home about. Nor do I have any indoor helpful Heloise-worthy hints. I was, however, dubbed Martha Stewart at our last house by our neighbors because they frequently saw me out in the yard immersed in my flowerbeds.

Ah, landscaping–now there’s a topic I could write about all day long. Some days I do. But as you all have lives to get back to, I’ll keep this short and stick to the topic of DEADHEADING.

So what exactly is deadheading? No, it’s not a new horror series on HBO (at least, not that I know of. If you find out otherwise, let me know–I want my cut of the title idea profits). Instead, deadheading is actually a simple way to revive some of the plants in your flower gardens. Once blooms begin to wither away, simply take your pruning shears and snip off the spent flowers. For many flowering plants, this tricks them into thinking they haven’t yet produced a flower that will eventually go to seed. And since we all know reproduction makes the world go round, don’t be surprised if your plants soon begin working to generate a second (or third) batch of blooms.

Most annuals (the plants that don’t come back year after year, such as geraniums, petunias, cosmos, snapdragons, etc.) can be kept blooming all season long by deadheading, as can a number of perennials (the plants that do come back year after year, such as phlox, salvia, shasta daisy, coneflower, and delphinium). It may take some time before the new blooms appear, so be patient. It’s still far less expensive (and less back-breaking) to revive your plants than tear them all out mid-season and plant new ones.

Fresh and New

Started Out Fresh and New

Time to Snip

Flowers Spent, Time to Snip

I’ve got a short video clip below that shows me demonstrating this (while rambling to the camera and hoping my neighbors didn’t see me outside talking to myself. Again.)

So if your flower gardens are looking a bit spent, why not give deadheading a try? If nothing else, it’s a great stress-reliever to be had while outside becoming one with Mother Nature. Happy gardening, everyone!

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16 thoughts on “New Series: Tips from the Chicks

  1. Kyra, I just researched how to prune petunias this week. My boxes were getting pretty leggy looking, not at all like the full colorful planter boxes I wanted. Thanks for the great tips.

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  2. Ok Kyra- this is awesome. I need help in this area. Are we supposed to deadhead Hydrangeas? I’m always scared to lop their tops off. But should I go out there with my sheers and scream, “off with their heads”? Because I will 🙂

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    • So long as you do it shortly after they’ve faded. If you wait until next spring, you’ll actually decrease the number of blooms. But yes, lots of plants need a good trim. Kinda like us getting haircuts to get rid of our split ends. 😊

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