Much like last year, I have decided to focus on maintenance within my garden. I use this term loosely because it still entails a lot of work. Weeds took over last year. I was able to revamp a few beds but others are in need of severe help. Considering the mild winter we had, many of the weeds are already popping up!
I plan to pull the weeds, remove old mulch, put down newspaper to try and prevent future weed growth and then re-mulch. I also want to do a better job at pruning and maintaining plants. I am still not the most versed in the art of pruning rose bushes or fruit trees – but I’m working on it. I also hope to pick my herbs more often this year, eat and store them for winter; and as a result help encourage new growth on the plants.
I set a goal to edge flower beds and sidewalks at least once every other year, so that will be on the agenda in 2016 as well. Other “maintenance” items I regularly do include: spraying for deer, spraying fruit trees to reduce pests, adding fertilizer to plants, spraying rose bushes for aphids (yuck). All the sprays I use are organic.
Now onto the fun stuff. What new plants will I be growing? I planted 16 “mini greenhouses” two weeks ago. Most of the seeds were from last year so my fingers are crossed they will still grow. I did buy a few new packets of seeds. Again, keeping things pretty simple for this year.
Three items I will plant that are not in the greenhouses: potatoes, carrots and spinach. I will direct sow all of those once it’s a bit warmer out. In the greenhouses I planted:
Are you planting a garden this year? Any new plants you are trying?