How To: Spring Clean the Garden

How To: Spring Clean the Garden

Laure Joliet
May 19, 2009
Each spring I get the bug to really go overboard with my garden. I want to plant vegetables and flowers and vines and more succulents, etc. Sometimes, it's safe to say, I get a little ahead of myself. Because sometimes it's best to start with what I've got and take care of that. So I start with a little bit of garden spring cleaning. Working in a garden can be time consuming (even if it's time enjoyed). Just maintaining what you've already got can take more time than you have. So, for me, before I start adding stuff, I've got to get what I have under control. Spring is a great time to clear out, feed and see if there are some gaps to fill. Here's my order of operations, spending about 5 minutes on each and maybe 15 minutes a day until it's done. this way I don't overlaod myself or have to do a blowout weekend garden binge: • Weed. Take five minutes to weed your containers or the spot around your porch. • Trim. Again, take another 5 minutes to go around and cut off anything dead, leggy, or overgrown. (Save succulent cuttings to plant later). • Clean up. Gather the weeds and cuttings and put 'em in your green bin. • Feed. I use Worm Gold worm casings to fertilize and feed my container plants. I also periodically give them coffee grounds to keep them going. • Water. Give everything a nice deep water to spread out the fertilizer and give them a spring boost. (Make sure to do this in the morning or the evening and not the middle of the day when the sun is beating down on everything.). • Plant the succulent cuttings. I normally just stick them into the ground or the pot where I want them and figure that at least 3/4's of them will make it. This is a great way to fill gaps without buying anything new. It's also nice to trade with neighbors and other gardener friends. • Sit back and relax. Now it's time to enjoy the garden!
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