I don’t know about you, but every March I am filled with this sense of impatience, when will the warm weather break through the bleak winter and will this really be the last snow fall of the season? Getting a brief break does not help, the last couple of days for example, balmy, sunny and just beautiful. I was able to go for a walk in the garden and survey the damage. Today, back to single digits and snow back on the ground. Tremendous disappointment! The real test will be to see how many perennials will come back after sustained single digit temperatures and so many freeze and thaw cycles. So I grabbed a pad and paper and started to make a list of priorities:
My spring chores
- Start vegetable seeds. Since I grow Heirloom varieties I start long season vegetables indoors: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and leeks.
- Prune all broken or damaged branches of small trees and shrubs.
- Cut back any perennials and grasses left though the winter.
- Clean all leaves and other debris from perennial beds.
- Apply an organic seed germination inhibitor, such as corn gluten meal, under my Rose of Sharon, and any other prolific seeders.
- Prune Privet hedge and any other small shrubs that bloom on new wood later in the season. Delay pruning early bloomers which bloom on old wood, until after they bloom.
- Direct seed some cold tolerant vegetable varieties under cover in the vegetable beds. Usually this will be my leaf crops like Kale, Spinach and all salad greens.
I suppose I will tackle the lawn a bit later but when weather permits, it is time to start crossing off as many of these chores as possible. Happy gardening!