Friday, June 6, 2014

There's a "hoe" lotta gardening going on!

The weather has warmed up, and there is a "hoe" lot of gardening going on here at Sunsplash Gardens. I admit, I'm a bit obsessive-compulsive when it comes to my garden. There's a list as long as my arm of things I should do, things I want to do, and things I could do in the gardens. But there are only 24 hours in a day! And only half of those are in daylight.

Pruning in the berry patch is one thing I've been doing lately. There are a lot of dead canes that need removed. I've also been pruning dead wood off roses, weigela, honeysuckle, and other plants as there was a great deal of winter kill.

 Today I dug up yet another dead rose - I've lost 9 this year - this is unprecedented. Usually I don't lose any over the winter.  :(

I moved three daylilies that were not thriving, to an area where I think (hope) they will do much better. They just aren't liking the clay soil here, but I have areas on the back of the lot that have good black soil, a perfect loam. Much of my garden does grow on clay soil, and it's done relatively well. I use a lot of compost for amendment.

 Clematis roots need shade. Here I place pine needle mulch over the roots.

This looks like an ocean of green! If you look closely, you'll see the tomato plants. Around them I laid newspaper, then covered it with grass clippings. This is my attempt at weed reduction.  :)
I've not done this with the newspaper before. I wonder if a big wind comes, if they will blow away. Hope not!

 Larry Conrad once commented on Tootsie's blog as to how beautifully edged her gardens were. He indicated that edging is very important to the look of a garden. Well, I've learned a lot from Larry and this is one thing I have (and still am) incorporating.

 I edged this garden - and it's LONG - last year. I used both a spade and an edger, and once the trench was dug, I filled it with my (pine needle) mulch. This makes a very nice looking edge, to my way of thinking.

 I'm now edging the triangle garden.

Oh my goodness, yes...there's a "hoe" lotta gardening going on...
                                  ...and we haven't even talked about weeding yet...


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