Garden chores by month

Ordering from seed catalogs

February 13, 2007 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      February brings the excitement of the almost daily arrival of seed catalogs in the mailbox.  Now is the time to plan for this year’s garden and place your order for plants and seeds.  Page through the catalogs and make a list of everything that catches your eye.  Then, get realistic and pare the list […]

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Spring garden activities

March 28, 2006 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      Are you itching to get out and do something, anything, in the yard or garden?  There are many things to be done this time of year.       If you haven’t yet pruned your apples, pears or grapes do it now!  Ideally you did this in February or early March, but if you were waiting […]

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September garden tasks

September 20, 2005 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      September is second in time spent on garden chores only to the frenzied planting month of May.  There are fruits, vegetables and herbs to be harvested and hours spent canning, preparing for freezing, or dehydrating.  Those are the things you have to do this month; you can’t put it off and to forgo those […]

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Fall is the time to plant grass

August 16, 2005 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      The front page of the Stein’s advertisement last week didn’t feature a picture of a pretty flowering shrub or a spectacularly blooming perennial.  What it did have in large letters were the words “Grass Seed Sale.”       Kind of boring as ads go, but a good reminder that it’s time to fill in the […]

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October is time to get ready for next year

October 5, 2004 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      Most October yard and garden activities are enjoyable ones that ensure that next year’s gardening season will be a good one.       This is the time to plant bulbs of tulips, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths and other early spring flowering plants.  Plant bulbs 2 ½ times as deep as they are tall with the pointy […]

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Fall is the time to divide perennials

September 14, 2004 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      A plant needs dividing if it has outgrown its intended spot or is encroaching on other plants, if it has lost vigor and flowers have become smaller or have stopped appearing altogether, or if the middle of the plant dies while the plant continues growing in a circle around the dead center.       The […]

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April Garden Chores

March 30, 2004 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      April is the transitional time between a long winter’s rest and the beginning of the busiest gardening month.  But warm spring days have us itching to do at least something gardening related.       There are actually quite a few gardening activities to be done in April.  Rake leaves off flowerbeds to expose newly growing […]

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Plant peonies in late summer

August 26, 2003 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      The appearance of peonies marks the transition from spring blooming perennials to those of early summer.  The fragrant pink, white, and now yellow, blooms begin their show in early June and it continues into early July.  The end of summer, however, is when peonies should be planted, divided or moved.        The timing is […]

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October garden chores

October 12, 2001 lawanda Newspaper Columns

October is the last busy month of the year in the garden.        Bulbs of spring flowering plants such as tulips, daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths should be planted around October 15.  The rule of thumb is to plant the top of the bulb 2 ½ times as deep as the bulb is tall.  For example, […]

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August garden chores

August 13, 2001 lawanda Newspaper Columns

By mid-August, many gardens start to look a bit unkempt.  With a little attention, your garden can be spruced up to carry on well into fall.       Begin by cutting back the straggly flowering stems and seedheads from perennials and annuals that have finished blooming.  Cut off any tattered or overgrown foliage.  August is also […]

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