Happy Wednesday, Friends! Are you ready for spring? I know I am! Today is all about "spring cleaning" for the garden...
We've had a little more precipitation than usual this winter. That's a good thing but unfortunately it also means more weeds. I don't use any chemicals in my garden and this handy tool makes the job so much easier--definitely worth the $30. I got it at Lowe's several years ago. It's made by Fiskar and works just as well now, as it did new. Simply push it into the ground and pull back...
It gets the whole root--no bending or squatting required! I filled a large garbage bag. Here's just a portion. Bye-bye weeds!
Now for some actual cleaning! I have several patio tables that I cover with oil cloth. It is the absolute best thing I have found for our hot Texas summers. It is durable and resists fading but of course gets filthy during the winter months. I sprayed it with vinegar water and scrubbed until it was nice and clean. Then I added some cheerful violas. Our weather has really been teasing us--Saturday it was 80 degrees and by Monday we had freezing rain! On those bright warm days, I can't wait to plant flowers but I am cautious to only plant what is hardy enough for a frost.
Last is the dreaded chore that took the longest--trimming. Not my favorite because it does require bending over and squatting! Some herbs, like oregano, mint and thyme get scraggly and require trimming the woody stems, which also encourages new growth. I try to get a head start on this in the fall months but our sporadic hot-to-cold-to-hot-again winters seem to perpetuate the need for pre-spring trimming. After several days in the garden and epsom salt baths, I am happy to be finished!
How do you prepare for spring?
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