We’re all enjoying this unusually warm spring, where many of our spring bulbs are up all at once…daffodils and scilla, crocuses and snow drops. Don’t get me wrong I love it, but am just a little concerned with how dry things are. I did get my sugar snap peas planted close to St. Pat’s day, and a lettuce bed. I’m keeping the seeds moist until they sprout. I’m looking forward to adding more cool weather crops to my garden this weekend; swiss chard and spinach.
I am planning on despersing 10-10-10 general purpose fertilizer on my shrub borders and flower beds and if we don’t have rain this week-end I will water it in well. I also am a fan of Jonathan Greens Mag-I-cal, fast acting calcium and lime, perfect timing. Prune all dead, diseased and broken branches of your trees and shrubs now. Do not prune any early spring blooming shrubs as you will cut off flowers. Do prune rose of sharon and butterfly bush as well as pee gee hydrangea now. Cut back grasses if you haven’ already to 6″ or to where you can see new growth. Dig and transplant perennials like day lily and sedum, catmint and yarrow, move to a different spot in your yard or share with friends.
Clean up your fish pond now and put your pump back on-line, pond water is already warm so circulation is important. Don’t feed your fish until the temps are consistently in the 50′s.
I’m at the Gardeners Choice rte 53 in Pembroke, MA, today come in and talk gardening or call with questions 781 826-4010. And Happy Gardening!