Garden to-do list

– Posted in: Garden chores, Seeds and Seed Starting

I think I have not bought things from Richter’s yet. I may still, but I am trying to play it by ear. I have figured out that I need at least another 400 square feet of garden space in order to plant the seeds I already ordered, not including 2 varieties of corn that I can’t imagine that I will be able find room for. I have a formal garden planned out for the 400 square feet, but I need it dug by April15th or earlier, and since I am never, ever, ever going to give birth, I don’t see how I can do all that digging with an 18 pound baby in my uterus.

I took an inventory of the bulbs I didn’t get to plant – about 50 daffodils, 33 tulips, 5 Black Dragon Lilies (I really thought I had gotten them into the ground) and handfuls of minor bulbs. They have been stored pretty cool and dark, so I am going to attempt to throw them in pots and stick them in the unheated garage. Has anyone else ever potted things up this late and gotten blooms?

I am getting flowers on my Rosemary.

About the Author

Until recently, Rosemarie Hanson gardened in the alkaline soil of New York’s North Country. Now she gardens in the Finger Lakes region of NY, where the soil is acid and the deer are a plague! She is particularly interested in fragrant plants, old garden roses, tulips, gardening for kids, and kitchen gardens.

In its own way, frost may be one of the most beautiful things to happen in your garden all year . . . Don’t miss it. Like all true beauty, it is fleeting. It will grace your garden for but a short while this morning. . . . For this moment, embrace frost as the beautiful gift that it is.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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