Week 48 – It’s time for a trim – Spring garden cleanup

It’s been really warm here in Colorado this winter and there may be more snow to come but Spring plants are starting to poke their heads out so it’s time to get reacquainted with your garden. 

It’s ok to cut back perennials now and pick up debris in your garden.  Right now it doesn’t have to be an intensive clean up.  It’s time to casually stroll around the garden and see what’s happening and cut off old perennial dead stalks, pull up dead annuals, and old vegetables. 

It’s not time to prune roses or bushes yet.  It’s ok to trim your lavender and other bushy perennials but leave your other stuff until later in March when you can see them start to get green.

Dead leaves and plant material that is laying on the ground doesn’t need to be cleaned up if they are in the garden.  Leave them to prevent weeds from popping up as well as they give nutrition to the soil.  It’s a great natural mulch.  I’ve got some vines that I need to get to right now.  If I wait too much longer it will have new growth and be all mixed up with the dead stuff.

Right now it’s just time for a trim.  If you have some pots that have dead plants in them you could start pulling them out so your pots will be ready to get ready for the new season.  After you get rid of the plants you can recycle the soil.  You can reuse the soil but it’s best to add some new soil and compost to rejuvenate it.

Guess I’ll go out now that the sun is shining and see what’s starting to pop up.

So far, so fun.  Happy Gardening.

There is still time to apply to be an apprentice for next year.  E-mail a two paragraph essay to Rob and tell him who you are and why you would like to be an apprentice.  WE NEED KIDS.  Any kids out there who would like to be an apprentice?  You just have to be available every Thursday morning from 7:30 to 9:00.  Last year we had two boys who were home schooled and a high schooler who used his time as part of a class so it’s possible you may be able to get permission from school to attend.  E-mail to:  rob@proctorsgarden.com

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4 Responses to Week 48 – It’s time for a trim – Spring garden cleanup

  1. I would like to try a raised vegi-garden but my space sits between the houses and gets a modest amount of sun, at best. Shoud I even try?

  2. pbodwell says:

    It depends on what a modest amount of sun is. If you have two to four hours it will be hard to grow vegetables unless you want to try some chard or leaf lettuce or root veggies like radishes. If you have more than four hours you should be able to grow some green leafy veggies and some root veggies like radishes, carrots, etc. More than six hours you could grow most any veggie you’d like to try if it’s good for your region. If it bears fruit (tomatoes, eggplant etc.) it sounds like you won’t have enough sun. You would be able to have a nice shade garden. There are many beauitful blooming shade perennials. Depending on the type of herb and how much sun it needs you might be able to add some herbs.

    • Debbie Varela says:

      Thank you for the advise. Maybe six hours….but not more. I think I will try the leafy and root veggies and add some herbs and shade flowers this year and see what happens. Again, thanks!

      • pbodwell says:

        Have fun planning your garden. Leafy lettuce, chard, etc. and peas and beans are cool weather and should be planted soon. Six hours of sun is almost considered full sun for some plants. It also depends if it’s morning or evening sun. Take a picture into your local garden center and show them what side of the house, and when it gets sun and they’ll help you pick some plants that would grow well there. Six hours is probably too much for “shade” plants so partial to full sun should work well if part of the six hours is full sun at noon.

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