Just a little walk in my yard finds lots to do. I have empty pots, dead plant portions and beds full of weeds. Does this sound familiar? It is easy to let the landscape deteriorate but it’s a new year and an opportunity for us to do better. Make a New Year’s Resolution to make a little more time for your landscape and keep it more attractive. That is what I am doing.
My first project is a new storage area for containers. I have a hard time tossing any away. Someday they will all be put to use and until then they need a good neat storage area. Some new storage shelves are in the works. Also, I need a better area to store soil. It needs to be covered and out of the way a bit. This is going to be taken care of too.
Now on to the flower beds. They are untidy, need weeding and some replacements. The ground is going to be tilled and the weeds removed. Then it is off to the garden center for some new replacements. At first annuals are going to give these areas winter color and when spring arrives there are going to be some long-lived perennials added. Don’t forget the mulch to help keep the weeds down too.
Lastly it’s time to brighten the empty containers. Some have declining flowers or greenery still present. Fill them with seasonal color. I am thinking petunias and dusty miller. These are great contrasting plants that can take the cold too. If you want something even more hardy, try pansies and dusty miller.
Do get out in the landscape and enjoy the fresh air and exercise. I am sure you can find other things to do too in my Gotta Do list below.
Tom's Gotta Do's for January, 2013:
Vegetables: Asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collards, endive, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onion sets, peas, potatoes, radicchio, radishes, roquette, rutabagas, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips.
Herbs: Anise, bay laurel, cardamom, chives, coriander, fennel, garlic, ginger, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, sweet marjoram, thyme and watercress.
Flowers: Alyssum, baby’s breath, calendula, California poppy, cleome, candytuft, carnation, delphinium, dianthus, dusty miller, foxglove, gaillardia, geranium, godetia, hollyhock, Iceland poppy, lobelia, nasturtium, ornamental cabbage & kale, pansy, petunia, Shasta daisy, statice, stock and sweet pea.
Bulbs: African iris, Asiatic lilies, amaryllis, blood lilies, bulbine, crinum, day lilies, Louisiana iris, society garlic, spider lilies, rain lilies, refrigerated Dutch iris, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths for forcing.