In Ohio from late March through mid-May, I focus on pruning, soil preparation and some planting in the garden.
First I prune trees, vines and shrubs: Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry trees, Raspberry plants, Concord grape vines, Butterfly bushes, and a Texas Quince. What a wonderful change of pace working to the sounds of songbirds after a long quiet winter.
Then I’ll go through and clean the beds to remove any stray leaves or weeds. I prepare the soil by sprinkling some weed and feed product to enrich the soil and make it less accommodating to the growth of new weeds. Then to further enrich the soil where annuals will be planted, I refresh the soil with some fresh peat and Miracle Grow® garden soil.
As we head into late April I enjoy planting bulbs and flowers. This is one of my favorite gardening activities. I like the exercise, the feel of dirt running through my hands and the refreshing color of flowers following a bare, neutral winter landscape.
Since it may frost into mid-May here in Ohio, it’s best to plant hardier varieties of annuals first and then the more sensitive warm loving plants later in late May or early June. In April I plant Pansies and Durango Marigolds since they both tolerate colder temperatures well.
These gardening tasks go through mid-May. In the next post, I’ll describe late spring gardening in Ohio.