Mid-June Garden To Do List

Here is a quick list of things that need done in our June garden.  Keep in mind that we're located in Spring Hill, TN in a zone 6b-7 area and these chores may not correspond with the growing season in your area.  You'll need to do many of these tasks too but at different times. Sucker those tomatoes!  Removing the suckers focuses growth on the other stems which allows for larger fruiting.   Pinch the tip growth on basil to keep a bushy plant growing.  Every pinch of the leaves at the growing tip will send growth hormones down into the stems to encourage other branches to grow. (See more on growing basil here.) Sequentially plant squash and zucchini.  My crop of zucchini has been nibbled on by deer.  I've covered them but the damage was done and our crop will be delayed.  Starting new seeds will ensure a second…

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A Garden Preparation Plan for Spring

Spring will be here before you now it.  Which means all that fun garden time for us gardeners.  In order to maximize the productivity of your garden and minimize the maintenance required we need a plan.  We need a spring preparation garden plan.  We need a plan of attack to get all those chores done, all those projects mapped out, and all those plants growing right.  Gardening doesn't start on March 20th...it starts now!  Or maybe even yesterday!  A good plan will do two things for you: get your season off to a great start and give you that gardening fix to get you excited about the season! Where should you start with your plan?  First keep in mind there are tasks that can be completed periodically over the course of the next several weeks and there are those that have to be done at a certain time. The time…

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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

Mowed the lawn - check. Weeded the shed gardens - check. Weeded the sitting wall garden - check. Weeded and mulched the mailbox garden - check. Weeded the corner shade garden - check - kind of. Weeded the birdbath garden without a birdbath - check - kind of. Cut back a 'Powis Castle' artemisia that was long and leggy - check. Found out 'Powis Castle' artemisia was rotting at the crown - boo. Sadly removed 'Powis Castle' artemisia - check. Looked around and reassured myself that I had made several other backup artemisias through cuttings - check. Moved large sitting rock underneath a witchhazel to compensate for the expanding size of the witch hazel - check. Mulched the mum garden and grumbled about rabbits - check. Moved stepping stones near my plant holding bed - check. Cooked Chicken Parmesan for dinner - check. I enjoyed the weather this weekend!  How…

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5 Things I Need to Do In The Front Garden

This summer has been a tricky one in which to garden in here in Tennessee.  June was the driest month I can remember and hotter than any June on record. July was strange too - extra moisture and cooler temperatures made up some of the lost ground caused by the spring drought. Having strange weather has mixed the gardening season up. Weeds have been worse than ever with Johnson Grass, crabgrass, and ragweed being three of the worst weeds in my garden currently.  Those three get named often in my worst weed category!  In addition to all these challenges life is busy too with kids going back to school and all sorts of distractions to take the gardener away from the garden.  So today I'm going to share with you one area of my yard that needs work - the front yard!  Today for the Friday Fives you'll get to…

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My Vegetable Garden To-do List

Guess what?  June is here, we're even a week into it, and I still haven't gotten my vegetable garden completely ready!  It's frustrating to say the least.  I've been so busy making plants for other people, selling at a local farmer's market, and recovering from a nasty family sinus virus that I just haven't been able to get out there enough.  Hopefully things will start settling down after I recover from my cold (which is one reason I haven't posted much this week - I just haven't felt like writing).  I thought today I would try to inspire myself with a list of things I need to do in the vegetable garden. Weed the vegetable garden.  As you can see in this picture the weeds have gotten out of hand.  It's not bad at all around the tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, or potatoes.  The potatoes were weeded a week ago.  The…

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September Garden To Do List

It seems like I've blinked and it's gone from May to September!  This summer has been a complete blur to me, but that's how life is sometimes. Needless to say there are many garden chores that are coming up that will need done this month.  Here's my September garden chore list! Finish pruning trees and shrubs. Here in Tennessee we have until mid to late October before the first frost appears so we have about 6-8 weeks for any new growth to harden off before the frosts come which means if you are going to prune you should have either done it already or need to do it fast. Don't prune spring flowering trees and shrubs as they have already formed buds for spring flowers.  Also don't prune hydrangeas unless you don't care if they bloom next year. They form flower buds on this summers growth so anything you cut…

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August Garden: My Things To Do

I'm a little late on this list since we're already over a week into August but over weekend I've come up with a list of things that I need to accomplish in the garden this month. As is very easy to do the garden has gotten away from me and with the start of football season coming soon it's time for a garden blitz! Weed all the gardens and rediscover my lost plants!  The other day while weeding in the corner shade garden I almost pulled up a young hydrangea by mistake. I could have kicked myself (I'm not sure how that is physically possible) for not being more careful but that is one of the hazards of letting things go so wild. Be careful that you don't do the same but I guarantee that one day you'll pull something out of the garden you didn't want removed! Mulch.  Some…

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My March To Do List

I think in many ways March is the busiest month in the garden. So many chores need tackled this time of year from mulching to pruning to planting that sometimes it's hard to figure out what to tackle first! Among the major chores like lawn mower servicing and tree planting there are quite a few little chores.  Like trimming back the liriope in my corner garden bed. The bed is tucked into a corner between my front sidewalk and the driveway. Many people simply take their mower or string trimmer and cut back the liriope but I can't do that. I interplanted daffodils that are coming up through the liriope foliage. The handpruners will be good enough and since I really don't have a large area to cover it won't take long. In the past the rabbits have nibbled the liriope down - but not this year. (Also in that…

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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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