As the last holiday decoration is being put away, the seed and flower catalogs begin to arrive in the mailbox. For the next couple months, people who garden spend hours pouring through them to see if anything new has been added to the mix this year. One can hardly wait for the blanket of snow to disappear and see what flower or bulb is going to peek out of the ground first when spring arrives. We had a mild winter and our temps have been in the 70 to 80 range already, which is so unusual for March weather. With little moisture over the winter, I am anxiously waiting to see what winter kill has come to my gardens.
Many tulips and early flowers are up and reaching for some sun. Temps are forecasted to be cooler this week, so just like everything else, these flowers will be confused with the fluctuating temps. Hopefully, many flowers will self correct their growing process.
If you have a compost pile, make sure you add lots of water to it. Mine will not be going on my garden this year because the waste did not break down enough to do any good. So out it will go. I will be tilling come late April and I will start to plant around May 10th. Hopefully we will be graced with some rain before then. Ground temps need to be at least 60 for a week before planting, as you can still get a freeze in April and even snow here. The weather patterns are hard to predict and follow. Some of you may remember that last year in April we had a tornado. Every area is different with temps and the west coast has the longest growing season.
My best advice for beginning gardeners is to start small. You can either dig a small plot, use raised beds or plant in containers. Check what grows best in your type of soil. Your best bet is to plant lettuce, onions and root vegetables because most soils are very hospitable to these type of plants. Being a seasoned gardener, I have planted almost every kind of plant in my garden over the years. This year I am going to try a few new plants! I will update you on their growth as the summer progresses.
Just remember to think of you garden as a color wheel, planting flowers that will bloom until fall. If you mulch around your plants, little time needs to be spent weeding and that allows you more time to enjoy just watching things grow. I prefer a wood chip mulch because no harm will be done if you mow to close when taking care of your lawn. Make sure you put water in your holes before setting your plants in. Containers take more water weekly. Do not over water and make sure you have pots with good drainage to prevent root rot just in case they do get too much water. Purchase plants that have been set outside in your garden centers as they have acclimated to your weather already.
As I watch our temps go back to the 60’s this week, I will sit here with my bucket of new seeds and faithfully wait for Mother Nature to say it will be time to work the soil again. I love the planting and growing but I also so enjoy filling my jars and freezers and seeing my family enjoy the bounty of my garden throughout the winter months.
So as we garden together here at Imperfect Women, I look forward to sharing my garden and flowers with you all again. I will be happy to answer any questions that you may have if I can. I will be posting pictures throughout the season for all you to enjoy. So everyone, get those gloves on, hoes out, and start your garden!
About the Author:
Snickers is a country gal at heart who loves holidays, quilting, antiques and has a passion for gardening. In her spare time she keeps herself busy as an estate cleaner and volunteers for many organizations. Her bucket list overflows—-.
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