For the past months, I've been dreaming about my spring garden. But now it's time to wake up and make it happen! (At least for us Southern gardeners, around zone 7)
I have spring break coming up next week, so I'm compiling a list of garden chores . I can see that some of my neighbors in Upstate South Carolina have already gotten a head start of some of these tasks. Here's a few of these late-winter tasks that we're up to around here:
1. Pruning our summer- and fall- blooming shrubs. (Now is NOT the time for the early spring bloomers, like azaleas. Wait until after they bloom.) This afternoon, I plan to finally get around to the unruly vitex and butterfly bushes.
2. Pruning the Lilirope. At Clemson University, they put the mower at the highest setting and just run them over. Seems to work fine, but I'll stick to my pruners.
3. Starting those seeds. Most of my seed packets say start 6-8 weeks before the last frost, and that time is NOW for us! Thanks to my husband's hard work this weekend, I have an awesome area in the garage to sow and start my seeds. I'll post a picture soon, once I'm more organized. (Also coming soon- list of seeds I'm starting for butterflies)
4. Organizing and taking inventory of garden tools, seeds, fertilizers, chemicals, etc. We got a good start on this yesterday.
5. Pick up some of the sticks left over from the ice storm and dead annuals.
6. Collecting plastic soda bottles to fill with sugar water and use with the hummingbird feeder.
7. Planting berry plants like blackberries or blueberries. I'm planting some blueberries this year.
8. As a side project, I'm building a container water garden, so I'll be ready when the water lilies arrive at the nursery.
That should be enough to keep us busy!