Pruning is the only gardening chore you can do in mud season, because your plants (and the weeds!) are still frozen in the ground. It's a great excuse to get outside and do something--actual gardening! The weather is very unsettled during mud season, so it's best to be strategic about what gets pruned when.
I am so pleased to get both of these chores done--in the same week, no less--that I just had to share it with you.
When does the gardening season end for you? The first frost? The first snowfall? I find it hard to call it quits, and here's why . . .
Heading into fall, there are times when we might be feeling overworked, too frazzled, or simply not feeling like doing everything we normally do. Everyone needs to find their own balance in the garden, but you may want to take the time to avoid these common mistakes which can wind up costing you in the long [...]
Five inches of rain fell here in roughly 24 hours. After a multi-week dry spell where my constant promise to my garden was, "As soon as we get some rain, I'm going to…", it finally rained, big time. Casting an eye at the seasonal clock and acknowledging that we really should have had a frost [...]
I hate to admit it to you Southerners, but when the snow melts, what it invariably reveals is…a mess. I'm not just talking about the dead vegetation that needs to be cut back. There's human-made messes that ought to be dealt with, too. But let's talk about the plants first. Cut back and clear out [...]
The temperatures are still dropping into the teens every night (last night's low: 17.5F or -8C) and even when the high hits 40F (4C) the brisk wind makes it feel chillier. But at least a hurried stroll around the premises is now rewarded with signs that Spring is slowly making inroads in Winter's territory. These [...]
I had a conversation with a gardening friend about watering the other day. We each have strong personalities and the talk was lively and interesting, filled with opinions and advice. When the time came for â€œIâ€™ll show you mine if you show me yoursâ€ I did and Iâ€™ll share them with you too. I have [...]
Pruning the apple trees is a rite of spring. In past years I had a tendency to get started late and finish in a somewhat hurried splurge of activity—tinged with a bit of panic that perhaps I wouldn't get it done in time. This year I had to take a different approach. Since I'm no [...]