If you have seen the movie Groundhog Day, you know the theme: if something really matters, keep repeating it until you get it right. As a gardener in NC, this hits home every February when it’s time to venture out into the garden and begin again, repeating the annual gardeners’ rites of Spring – cleaning, pruning, composting, mulching, re-designing – all in an attempt to get it right this year. I’ve ordered my organic vegetable seeds, and my Big Yellow Bag of Soil3 compost. It’s time to put on the gloves, pick up my tools and get to work.
Cut back perennials and ornamental grasses
Prune shrubs that bloom on new wood – particularly my roses
Prune fruit trees and Japanese Maples
Identify hops rhizomes to share with beer brewing friends (mmmmm, beer!)
Muck out the water garden
Edge the beds to create that clean line between beds and turf
Top-dress perennial, annual and vegetable beds with compost (I love Super-Sod’s Soil3!)
Clean out containers and add more compost in preparation for new plants (mmmmm, new plants!)
Clean outdoor furniture and yard art
Check landscape lighting and add new bulbs as needed
Have I forgotten anything? I know I have! Will my garden be perfect this year? Of course not, but is that really the point? Every gardener knows the process is more meaningful than the end result. My nails are short, my hands are calloused and scarred, I have lots of sensible shoes and I know my way around tools. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. So out I go to try to get it right…I’ll do the same next year with a smile on my face. Happy Groundhog Day!