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spring schedule

After the annuals and veggies are planted, the flower beds cleaned and the perennials spruced up, the roses pruned, the fall blooming plants divided and moved and the summer bulbs planted, one would think that the gardener can sit back with a cup of coffee in some cozy verdant nook and relax.

Guess again! Here is the list of activities for this month.

I’m waiting for the flats of perennials to show up at the nursery. Half of the borders still need prettying up, and that requires ready made lush greenery in bloom. I would like to give thanks in advance to those who work so hard at the garden centers to make it available.

The weeds are a constant battle, I’m not even spacing weeding anymore, I just added it to my daily to do list.

I think this is the last week when the garden can do without watering. If it doesn’t rain, next week I have to put that on the schedule, too.

The daffodils are starting to fade and need cleaning up. This in fact applies to all the spring bulbs.

The tomatoes are growing fast and will need to be pruned and tied very soon. The peppers need staking.

I have to treat the lawn to get rid of the tougher weeds that don’t respond to regular maintenance. It’s time to give the plants some food, preferably before the roses bloom.

I’m not going to be a grouch, though. The flower beds look marvelous, and they are even more gratifying because I filled many of them with cuttings and divisions from the rest of the garden.

Did I mention Jack in the pulpit came back? For real? Yes!

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