4/25/14: In the garden this week

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My plants arrived yesterday, so I have no time to write this post. I want to be in the garden. That’s where you should be this weekend, and this is what you should be doing:

plant perennials: the cool weather is perfect for establishment of strong root systems. Be sure to rough up the roots when planting, give them a good soaking to eliminate air pockets on the soil, and keep them watered during dry spells for the entire growing season.

plant cool weather crops such as lettuce, spinach, radishes, and peas. It you have room, sow a row each week. Keep the seedlings well watered. DO NOT plant warm-weather crops (almost anything besides the ones I listed above) until sometime in late May.

reseed bare lawn patches while the weather is still cool, or, better yet, plant something else such as native perennials or shrubs. Lawn grasses will not grow in a spot that is very shady or very wet. DO NOT feed the lawn until Memorial Day (if you feel you must feed).

enjoy this lovely spring. I can’t wait to get out in the garden, but I’ll just leave you with this photo of one of my American plum trees (Prunus americana), taken this morning. The photo doesn’t do it justice, and there’s no way to capture the heavenly scent.

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