In the garden this week

We are enjoying one of the most beautiful springtimes I remember–the cool weather prolongs the bloom and makes it pleasant to be working in the garden. Be sure to check out the spring beauty, a lovely pink-and-white native perennial, blooming in the moist woods along with trout lily, toothwort, and, of course, violets.

Spring beauty in the Thielke Arboretum in Glen Rock

Spring beauty in the Thielke Arboretum in Glen Rock

Around the garden:

● This is a great time to clean up your perennial gardens, divide plants, and decide where to add new ones.

● This is NOT time to prune woody plants, except to remove dead wood. Don’t do any pruning until the trees and shrubs are completely leafed out.

● Hold off on lawn fertilizer until at least the end of May, and remember, the more you water, the more you’ll have to mow!

● If you usually buy annuals for color, avoid impatiens–a new and devastating fungal disease is attacking and killing them. Better yet, consider perennials instead.

● This IS the time to grow lettuce, spinach, and green peas from seed and to harvest rhubarb and sorrel. Soon the garden centers will be full of tender herbs and vegetable plants, so now’s the time to decide what you want to grow.

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