Cottage Gardeners of Weston
Now that Spring is in swing, we reached out to our amazingly talented local gardening club, the Cottage Gardeners of Weston, to get us in gear with some handy gardening tips. In the month of March, the Cottage Gardeners hosted a Dreamscaping Workshop, where participants brought along ideas, drawings of their current gardens, and together brainstormed additions they'd each like to make to their gardens this Spring. A big thank-you to Marilyn Lindahl, who offered some useful tips on how to help usher our gardens and plants into spring. Also, aren't the photos of Marilyn's garden just beautiful? We could spend days in there listening to the birds and relaxing with some good books!
For most gardeners, spring is the favorite time of the year. Not only is it a rebirth of our garden, but of our spirit and soul as well. There may be no greater satisfaction to a gardening aficionado than watching their spring garden come to life. Gardeners spend winter hours gazing out the window at the garden dreamscaping about new features, redesign possibilities, and new plants. Even before spring has officially arrived, gardeners find themselves in the garden doing what they can to usher the season in.
1. Clean garden beds.
Spring is the time to clean the garden by removing winter and left over fall debris. If you left grasses and plants with seed heads for the winter birds to enjoy, you will want to cut them back before new growth begins. Spring pruning of shrubs and trees allows you to clearly identify the branches that need to be removed.
Weeding is the pesky part of gardening, but it must be done. Keep ahead of them and it is much easier. Pull the weeds, making sure that you get the roots.
3. Revitalize the soil.
Add moisture, organic material like compost or manure will increase the health of the soil and increase the life of your plants.
4. Add mulch.
In addition to fertilizers and organic materials, add mulch to your flowerbeds and garden. One to three inches of mulch helps to prevent weeds and diseases. It also keeps the moisture in the garden and maintains the temperature. The rule of thumb is to keep the mulch a few inches from the plant stems to prevent roots from rotting.
5. Garden tools.
Keep your garden tools clean, oiled and sharp for the health of your plants.
Container gardening adds additional charm and interest to the overall of the beauty and completeness of the garden. They enjoy the same attention as your garden beds.
Whether you are planning your first garden or have been watching tomatoes ripen every spring for as long as you can remember, getting your garden off to a solid start is one of the most important things you can do to ensure success.
Did you know that you could recycle water for your garden plants by using left over cooking water? It is a great way to add a nutrient boost with the vitamins and minerals left behind after you have cooked pasta or vegetables. Just be sure to let the water cool down before you feed it to your plants.