Bernice H
Bernice H
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Asked on Mar 25, 2013

Need Garden Advice, it is Spring.

IsamentonPegBernice H
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I again this year, am not sure what to do for my little garden. Just about everything is perennial...so I can't see digging and loosening and turning the soil? The day lilies are up , I expect the hostas to be soon and my first ever planted bulbs are up. I know there are many alyssum seeds and snap dragon seeds that will come up from last year. So what should I be doing in there? Just raking dead leaves?
26 answers
  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Mar 25, 2013

    Hi Bernice. When it gets a little warmer you can add some top dressing of compost or organic matter, not much no more than 1/4 ". Or you can sprinkle some fertizer around the root zone, something slow release, such as Osmocote 13-13-13, just check the label recommendations. You are a good plant parent ! You will do fine:)

  • Z
    on Mar 25, 2013

    Spring? What is that? It seems I've heard of it somewhere before....

  • Becky (J) P
    on Mar 26, 2013

    I can't wait to get out and start cleaning up the beds. Maybe after this foot of snow goes away! (it's so pretty though.....)

  • Z
    on Mar 26, 2013

    Oh my @ we only have a couple inches even though it's snowed for most of the last 48 hours very little fell.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 26, 2013

    If you've done all your cleanup, do just as Four Seasons says. Soon enough, there will be more to do than you can keep up with.

  • Doug Said it right make sure all dead leaves and debris is cleaned out and then go ahead and top soil.

  • Kelly S
    on Mar 27, 2013

    Just finished cleaning up my flower bed and part of the strawberry bed. I'm experimenting on the weeds. One side of the driveway was sprayed with vinegar and the other side I used boiling hot water. I want to see which works the fastest and lasts the longest. It was wonderful getting into the dirt again and having the hyacinths literally in my face.

  • Bernice H
    on Mar 27, 2013

    @360 Sod (Donna Dixson) @Douglas Hunt @First Impressions Landscaping thanks for the input and encouragement. Hubs just groaned when I said we have to get on it soon, "oh, (groan), here we go again" He hates yard work but does it because he loves me! ha! So I allow him a groan or two. @Kelly S my hyacinths are about 3-4 inches high. but I think I can see the inside where evidently flowers come from? I think they last the longest over tulips and daffys. Which is why I planted them and not the others. @Z @ Sorry you still have snow! but crocuses pop up anyway don't they? Happy spring y'all.

  • Kelly S
    on Mar 27, 2013

    The flowers do come up from the center and smell wonderful. I have tulips and daffys also. The flower beds are in bloom from February through August or September. The little lilac bushes are budding out also. I do most of the yard work so I plant what I want. I love periennials because you plant them once and then they multiply for you. I have some coming up that I planted last year and forgot to mark them. I don't remember what they are so I'll figure it out when they get bigger. Some type of lily I think. Crocus do come up through the snow but not if its too deep because they are only about 6" tall. Follow the advice of the pros on here. top dressing and cleaning out the dead leaves and such. Have a great day.

  • Becky (J) P
    on Mar 27, 2013

    I am thankful for the snow we got the other day. It was such a drought last summer, anything helps! It's half way melted right now. Still, the garden shops are calling my name.

  • Z
    on Mar 27, 2013

    I don't have any but Queen @Susan does and hers came up surrounded by snow.

  • Nature Scapes
    on Mar 27, 2013

    :) We still have a foot of snow here in NH, but once our garden beds are open in the spring we make sure they are composted so that the April showers move the nutrients into the soil of the garden bed. ---We also love to pick the little daylily sprouts as they come up and fry them with butter (like pea pods)--oh so yummy!!!

  • Bernice H
    on Mar 28, 2013

    @Nature Scapes REALLYYYY? I have never heard of this, wow! I cant imagine what you mean by sprouts tho, aren't they going to be the plant and flower? @Kelly S a few years ago we went over to Seattle, spring had sprung...it was glorious, then 2 weeks later, we were home here in Yakima, and spring sprang again..then 2 weeks later we went to Spokane and tada..spring was breaking out there too! We are about 2 weeks between you and Spokane, that year I got to see 3 springs !! :)

  • Kelly S
    on Mar 28, 2013

    @Bernice H Here is some spring for you. Happy gardening days will be here soon.

    , hyacinths and grape hyacinths Tulips are budding out too, Close up of hyacinth I love the smell
  • Kelly S
    on Mar 28, 2013

    Here is a small flower planting, totally by happenstance.

    , grape hyacinths and a mini narcisus I don t know what it s called or how it got in the planter but the yellow is a nice contrast to the blue purple
  • Bernice H
    on Mar 28, 2013

    What great pictures, thank you! You are way ahead of some of us here. I see daffodils in yards ,mostly where the south sun hits them. What happens after these are DONE? The white lattice makes a nice background .

  • Kelly S
    on Mar 28, 2013

    I have tulips, gladiolis, iris and a couple that I don't remember what they are that bloom at different times. I also have 2 small lilac bushes that are budding and some fuchsia bushes that are starting to bud. I also have some climbers that smell good but I can't remember what they are either lol. They bloom at different times of the spring & summer.

  • Nature Scapes
    on Mar 28, 2013

    :) Yes, the first greens that the daylillies push up through the ground are excellent. If you make one cutting of them in spring it will not damage the plants at all. They will send up a new shoot. The flowers do not develop until much later in the season, so you won't miss any of your beautiful blossoms. ---The blossoms too are exceptional to eat. They taste a bit like a sweet lettuce. You can stuff them with egg/chicken/tuna salad after removing the stamens for a beautiful brunch treat, or eat the petals in salad. If you pick them before they wilt in evening they will last a day in the refrigerator...

  • Bernice H
    on Mar 28, 2013

    @Nature Scapes How in the world do you know this? How does one get to the point of eating flower plants? This is amazing!

  • Nature Scapes
    on Mar 28, 2013

    :) We all eat flower plants, we just eat some more often than others and become familiar with them (broccoli for instance). There are many, many books about edible plants. I am particular though, I am not interested in experimenting with edible plants that can be tricky to identify, or can be poisonous if not prepared correctly. Daylilies are great- you can eat the young stalks and you can eat the flowers, they are easy to identify and easy to prepare!!! You can also eat nasturtiums (leaves and flowers, raw) and rose flowers (fresh from your garden--store bought can contain many chemicals.). In the summer we make beautiful "Garden Salads" that are the centerpiece and dinner too...

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Mar 29, 2013

    lol@Nature Scapes At our last family gathering my grown children were sharing with their husbands/wives/children that 'Mom' made them salads out of the front yard weeds! (Dandelions, Queen Anne's Lace, clover blossoms, violas). I told them I hope they do the same for my grandchildren.

  • Bernice H
    on Mar 29, 2013

    ok I do remember eating dandelions when I was a kid.i think most of us would starve not knowing what we could eat. I went to a library on the Oregon Coast that had a guest native American speaker. She told us that the Lewis and Clark expedition did not eat what the natives ate. The natives ate camas and dried powdered salmon. The expedition crew hated this stuff, and preferred to get sick and starve ..they wanted meat; horse dog etc! Camas and dried powdered salmon is very nutritious. Can you imagine being hungry and sick and not eating something because you didn't like it/ Just to stay relatively healthy. hmmm maybe I will snip some of my daylily sprouts and put in a salad! Good info! thanks.

  • Nature Scapes
    on Mar 30, 2013

    :)Nothing better than passing garden secrets from generation to generation!!!

  • Bernice H
    on Apr 3, 2013

    My hostas are up!!!! I am so excited! Now everything is going to look a-ok! and I am making my plate flowers and they will be planted in a day or two! Stay tuned for this most exciting event! ahahaha...!! woohoo !! spring has sprung..(and everyone is suffering with allergies!) oh well!

  • Peg
    on Apr 5, 2013

    Here's a tip I'd like to share -I do not rake up all of my dead leaves. I crush them up with my hands as fine as they will crumble, then only discard large stems and pieces. It adds to the soil and gets composted naturally. Our Garden Club tries to remind gardeners to make good use of nature's waste.

  • Isamenton
    on Apr 18, 2014

    Why don't you browse the plant combination ideas of this website? https://www.jardins-sans-secret.com/ There are plenty of border ideas for spring, summer or even fall. It gives the plant names and tells you were to find them and at what price. I have used it for my spring borders and I am now considering summer combinations like these ones: https://www.jardins-sans-secret.com/detail/3958/A-Desirable-Summer-Border-Idea-with-Grasses-Dahlias-and-Agastache.html https://www.jardins-sans-secret.com/detail/3974/A-Fabulous-Perennial-Planting-Idea-with-Echinops-Echinacea-and-Agastache.html Good Luck!

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