Sharing My Spring Gardening To Dos ~ Thanks for stopping by! If you have been a regular visitor to my blog you may have noticed that I took a break for a few weeks. I have been away on vacation in Palm Springs, California where the weather was consistently in the high 30’s Celsius. I can’t remember the last time I felt warm temperatures like that after having had a winter that didn’t seem to want to go away.
When we were driving to the airport to leave in early May I wore shorts and sandals but I had to have my seat warmer and car heat turned on high because of the freezing temperatures. It was even snowing that morning making the driving conditions pretty treacherous. Sheesh….
Winter did finally disappear while we were away. The temperatures are more civilized for the month of May, the grass is green and lots of plants are budding. But there were a lot Spring Gardening to dos waiting for me when I returned from Palm Springs.
I thought I would share with you some of the to dos I have been busy with in my garden during the month of May!
Sharing My Spring Gardening To Dos…
I’m a real believer in building up the soil by adding amendments like compost, bone meal and peat moss. It’s a bit labour intensive because I have to scrape away the existing mulch, dig in the amendments and re-apply the mulch to the different garden beds. Not only does this help the plants grow but it also controls the weeds. In the post Tips For Controlling Weeds In The Garden I share how I do this in my garden.
This is what one of the garden beds looked like when I came home.
I live in a Zone 3 gardening area so plants bloom later. I am loving these gorgeous tulips and grape hyacinths.
I see my White Turkistan Onions with their big white onion looking blooms are coming along quite nicely.
They will bloom in June along with these other lovely flowers in the garden… What’s Blooming In My Garden In June. The blue pots are still empty because we generally don’t plant any annual flowers outdoors till after our Canadian Victoria Day long weekend which is the third weekend in May. That’s because we could still get a night frost living so close to the Rocky Mountains.
Here is another area in the garden that I amended the soil.
This is the sloping pathway surrounded by spreading junipers along the west side of the house. It’s quite a mess right now with weeds starting to creep up and dead leaves that need to be removed. This is another area where I scraped away the old mulch, added compost, bone meal and peat moss around the junipers and then replaced it with new black bark mulch just to freshen things up.
This is the top of the pathway.
I share how I did here at Landscaping With Shale Rock And Blue Glass Gems to create the look of a river running through. I am so pleased these pretty blue gems still look great against the black shale. No work has to be down here!
The grass has turned green but it isn’t looking very lush. While I was away I paid to have the grass power raked and aerated. I ended up with small bare patches in many places due to winter kill. There was so much snow piled on the grass for such a long time this is what it looks like in the front yard.
Last year I worked hard to reseed and revive this large dead area caused by our yellow lab’s urine. Here are the steps for how I revived this patch and the story of our wonderful dog Duke who we had to put down last year… How to Repair Grass Damaged By Dog Urine.
This is the before and the after…
I was able to make it green and lush again but this is what this area looked like once the snow melted after the long intense winter. I think the roots didn’t set very well so I had to reseed it again.
This time I am added zeolite, which is a natural soil amendment that will help with root growth and strength before I reseeded the area.
I actually used this spreader to apply zeolite to the whole lawn just to give the roots a nice boost.
Another to do was plant nasturtium seeds in these planters. This is what it looks like now….
…. but this is what my nasturtium planters will look like later this summer.
Here’s How To Grow Nasturtiums In Outdoor Planters. Nasturtiums are such easy flowers to grow and I love their bright vibrant colours!
I also planted my sweet pea seeds. I love their fragrance and they are such an easy flower to grow too. I used to grow them along the fence but I was just creating breakfast for the deer as they came along to eat my lovely flowers. Now I have three obelisks in the garden for my climbing sweet peas. I like how they add height and they are very showy. Nothing to see now but later this summer this obelisk will be filled with sweet pea flowers!
I love gardening for many reasons. I love being outside. I love the physical work it entails. I even love mucking about in the soil with my bare hands. Most of all, I love watching all of the plants grow. It is so rewarding.
These are just some of my Spring gardening to dos. What are you thoughts on gardening? I would love to hear how your garden is the same and how it is different!
Take care and thanks for spending Time with Thea!