At last, a new blog entry! Remember I am a great gardener but a lousy blogger. Regardless, thank you for your patience and here I am again.
I am hanging tough letting winter leaves rest over the garden. I thought today was the big day to clear those leaves, let the new shoots bask in the spring sun, let the bulbs rise up undeterred…let my garden bloom!
Alas, I have stalled as there is a snow fall predicted tonight. Probably, really, it would not do any harm to those tough pilot leaves of tulips and daffs, but why expose them needlessly. It only delays them.
However, the forsythia is in bloom and that means pruning may begin in earnest. Look for dead wood, with no shoots, no green present. Always cut on an angle so water doesn’t rest on the cut, possibly causing mould or fungal growth (yuk) Roses, clematis, hydrangea can all be pruned now. BUT – do not touch lilac – you only prune them in June after they have bloomed. If you prune them now, you will cut blooms and stress the plant.
This is also the perfect time to get a head start on edging. There is nothing that gives definition and a professional ‘edge’ to your garden than edging. The ground is free of frost now (well, in the GTA for sure) so you can get those crips clean lines started around your beds. Invest in a good edger or just do it by hand.
By hand maybecouldbeperhaps is a little tedious, however, whenever you do anything by hand you get a close up view of your garden. You get to smell the soil, you get to see who is crawling around, and what tiny weeds and new growth is starting. There is also something wonderful about doing the work yourself, directly.
For me, there is a power that emanates from the earth, the soil. It is so rich in things that matter. It is such a source of comfort and calm. I could wax rhapsodic for some time on soil, but you probably get my drift.
Oh, just another thing. WEAR GLOVES AND SOX AND SHOES ALWAYS. Tetanus (lock jaw, poisioning from a rusty nail) is most often contracted from soil. A tiny invisible cut on your finger or hands or feet could prove to be the portal for the bacteria that causes tetanus. Please, use gloves all the time. Dollar store gloves made of vinyl or neoprene or latex (if you can tolerate it,) are terrific and if you lose them or wear them out, no worries. They are cheap and effective. WEAR GLOVES. A case of tetanus can really compromise your gardening season. I keep several pairs posted around the house – on the patio, at the back garden, at the front garden, in the garage. Everywhere so they are easily at hand.