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Spring Gardening Planner

Do these tasks during spring , and caring for your garden will be easier, quicker and more satisfying.

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
Sow seeds indoors to get a jump start on spring planting.

Early Spring

  • Cut back ornamental grasses, prairie-style borders and autumn-flowering perennials.
  • Prepare beds and borders for planting; weed and dig over the soil; add organic matter where appropriate.
  • Prune late-flowering shrubs, early summer-flowering clematis and roses.
  • Cut lavender hedges back.
  • Apply a granular fertilizer around shrubs, trees and perennials.
  • Sow half-hardy annuals indoors.
  • Pot up plug plants indoors.
  • Lift and divide established clumps of perennials.
  • Plant hardy grasses.
  • Regularly deadhead spring-flowering bulbs and bedding plants.
  • Repot Christmas trees.

 

Mid-late Spring

  • Plant perennials, summer-flowering bulbs and pond plants.
  • Inside, plant Thai herbs.
  • Plant indoor hanging basket.
  • Sow hardy annuals directly outdoors; sow tender annuals indoors.
  • Sow vegetables and plant potatoes.
  • Sow a wildflower meadow.
  • Mulch the soil.
  • Start weeding.
  • Prune early-flowering shrubs and early clematis after flowering.
  • Stake herbaceous perennials.
  • Start mowing the lawn.

 

Any Time of Year

  • Make a compost bin; fill, turn and empty when necessary.
  • Make a wooden obelisk.
  • Create a bog garden.
  • Dig out a pond.
  • Make a border and lawn edge.
  • Make a rose arch.
  • Check tree ties and loosen if necessary.
  • Look out for pests and diseases, and take appropriate action.
  • Cut out dead or diseased wood.
  • Clean all cutting tools after use to prevent spreading plant diseases.

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

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