5/17/13: In the garden this week

What a gorgeous spring we are having here in northern New Jersey! Cool and sunny–although we could do with a bit more rain. It’s a feast for the eyes, like this rhododendron blossom I photographed this morning in my front garden:

Rhododendron flower in May

Get out there this weekend and enjoy it! Here are some tips about garden activities for this weekend:

— Prune spring blooming shrubs, such as forsythia. These shrubs will bloom next spring on the wood they make this season, so prune them early to give them as much time to grow as possible.

— Keep planting and dividing perennials. It’s great to do this before the weather gets really hot. Remember to water thoroughly after planting–the ground is quite dry.

— Keep planting vegetables such as beans, carrots, turnips, kale, chard, and all members of the cabbage family. Hold off on tender vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplants, and squash for another week or so.

— It’s still too early to fertilize the lawn, and watering should not be needed. My lawn, which is never watered, is brilliant green.

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