5 Spring Garden Preparation Tasks!

Spring is officially here!  Spring's arrival means it is really time to be thinking about the garden (as if we haven't been since fall).  It's always important to get the spring gardening season off to a great start.  Today let's look at a few garden tasks that need done to help get your garden going. 5 Garden Preparation Chores and Tasks Check your garden hoses! Each spring you should check your garden hoses.  Put a hose nozzle on one end and hook it up to the faucet. If there is a leak at either end check the gasket on the inside.  You can buy replacement gaskets very cheaply.  If it's not just a missing or worn out gasket you may have to replace a hose end.  Repair kits are cheap and easy to install. Maintain your power equipment Go ahead and get out the mowers and trimmers and give them…

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An August Weekend Garden Update

I spent a good deal of time this weekend getting out into the garden to get some long past due chores done. Summertime is one of those stretches where the garden seems to find itself a but neglected.  It makes sense. The kids are going back to school, the weather is hot and humid, and this year the mosquitoes are terrible. Don't forget about all the rain we've had keeping the gardener indoors when he would rather be out digging in the dirt.  The grass is growing at rates that make losing the children in the grass a likely event!  So this weekend I played a little catch up in my garden. I weeded various spots, harvested a few peppers from the garden, mowed and trimmed the lawn, and most importantly protected some areas from the deer.  The area in question was my extra tomato bed.  The deer have nibbled…

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5 Essential Vegetable Garden Chores

It's planting time in many areas of the country and many gardeners are just starting their first gardens.  Figuring out just what to do in the garden can get a little overwhelming for beginning gardeners so here are 5 essential garden chores that gardeners can do to maximize their success! 11 Things to Consider When Designing a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Keep the garden weeded!  I have been guilty of failing to keep up with weeding.  I'll admit it! Weeding is not the most fun task in the world but it is necessary.  Weeds can take away valuable nutrients from the vegetables you are growing.  They use resources like water and when large enough can block out light from your garden.  Keep your garden weeded on a regular basis.  If you can get out there each day and pull a few weeds then your weeding will be simple and easy.…

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Your Labor Day Weekend Garden To Do List!

Just what you want right?  Even more things to do in the garden.  I'm sure you have everything perfect.  Everything is mulched to 2 inches high.  Every weed is pulled and the gardens are in pristine condition!  Not our garden, not even close! An extra long weekend is ahead which (unless you've been deluged with rain from Isaac) will give all of us gardeners a good opportunity to get a few things ready for fall.  So what should we be doing in the garden to get ready for fall over this Labor Day weekend? Here's a to do list! A Labor Day Weekend Gardening To Do List Get those beds cleared up and ready!  Pull out the old fading plants, add mulch, and get those garden beds back into shape.  Ragweed and crabgrass are flowering now so get them pulled before they go to seed and you will have fewer…

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Over the Weekend: Fall Garden Preparation!

This weekend I tackled two major garden tasks that were all about preparing the garden for fall. Task one was planting a few seeds in the vegetable garden. That task was fairly quick and easy to do in my circular raised bed. The other beds are mess still with summer vegetables going everywhere. I need to get out to the vegetable garden and cut back everything to a much more controlled state but haven't had the time to get to it yet. Cleaning out the vegetable garden is one of those garden chores I dread for two reasons. One because it really is a chore and two because I hate to cut back anything that might have flowers or fruit still attached.  It needs done but I don't want to lose out on those tomatoes that haven't come yet! In the end I'll wind up taking a more moderate approach…

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What I Did Over the Weekend

Creeping Phlox - April 2011 I wish I could have gotten to this post earlier but Monday's storms kept the computer off for most of the day. It's pretty difficult to type a post without electricity! As of this morning 18,000 people in Middle Tennessee are still without power. Over the weekend the weather was absolutely perfect for outdoor activities. I'll share some more highlights later in the week including the tulips blooming in the front garden, the changes to my sedum bed, the strawberry blossoms blooming, and hopefully some more seeds germinating in the vegetable garden. All of which were tackled at some point over the weekend. Here's a short list of what garden chores managed to tackle this weekend in the garden:Mowed the Lawn - it was tall, very tall. I nearly lost the 3 year old in it! It did make for a whole lot of grass…

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A Few March Gardening Chores Accomplished

This past weekend the weather was perfect for what else? Gardening! I spent most of my time outdoors getting the garden ready for the growing season. There's always a lot to do in the spring to prepare the garden for a great year. The most frustrating thing about this weekend was my riding mower battery. When I went to start the mower it was dead - way dead. Since the soil is still wet I couldn't bring the car to the back and had to push it all the way to the car - there's some exercise for you! I managed to get it jump-started and was able to get the yard mowed. Forsythia blooming in the front corner garden. Flowering almond on right. Colors are coming out just about everywhere now. Spring is in full swing right now here in Tennessee! One of the other garden chores I accomplished…

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The Weekend Garden Gameplan

Oh I know, I'm keenly aware of the Superbowl coming up but this post has nothing to do with it. You see Saturday is destined to be a day outdoors - nothing short of the weather forecasters getting it completely wrong can stop that. We all know that never happens... The temperatures are said to finally be reaching the 50's! I even heard on forecaster mention the words "approaching the 60's."  Needless to say I'm looking forward to spending some quality time outdoors with the rake, the shovel, the wheelbarrow, the shed, the garage, and any other activity that I can find to do in the great outdoors. Where am I going to start? Here's the Weekend Garden Gameplan: 1. The Vegetable Garden Remove four of the small 2x4 beds and replace the old 4'x8' bed with these.  Put in the stone retaining wall circle raised bed for the center…

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Sunday’s Garden Chore List Accomplished

Sunday was a bit of a catch-up day. Over the past few weeks I've had several chores that needed done in the garden but just haven't had the time to get them accomplished. I finally made a dent in that to-do list. Here's what was accomplished: Birdbath garden and pathway Transplanted: Birch, 2 dappled willows, redbud (these do not transplant well due to an extra long taproot. I had to move the plant since it was in a bad location) Planted Bulbs: Mountain Lily, hyacinth (from another location), crocuses, English bluebells, and allium Planted Plants: Anise hyssop Divided and planted: gaillardia ( it pulled apart from the roots much like 'Husker's Red' Penstemon) Root Cuttings: Birch (as I transplanted the birch above I found a couple suitable roots to try root cuttings from. I'll explain later if it works out well.) Cuttings: dwarf boxwood, roses, spirea, and variegated red twig…

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