Time to get outside and watch the season wake up
Well, you only have until the end of the month since April is lawn and garden month. No matter what, you should at least go out and marvel at the beauty of it all. For those of us living in zones three through seven, it is amazing that just a few days or weeks ago our lawns and gardens were covered with snow. Even if it didn’t snow, the lawn is just now turning green and starting to grow. Actually, ours has been green for a while and many of my bulbs have already bloomed and went away until next year. But this year, I had quite a few daffodils that bloomed out of nowhere and stayed for quite a long time. Anyway, it’s time to get out there and do something.
Clean Up Your Lawn
Since you are going to have to start mowing again, if you haven’t already, you may want to start by getting out there and picking up things you do not want to run over. Sticks, rocks, trash, and other debris that somehow makes its way into your yard over the winter. We have a lot of wildlife here that visit our yard on a nightly basis, and we have found some weird things. I found a really nice fishing lure once right under the deck. I am guessing it got attached to one of the raccoons or foxes and fell off here in the yard. I have also found balls, bowls, hangars, and toys. Last year I saw a deer with a CD on his antler hanging by some fishing line. Pretty sure that came from one of my neighbor’s gardens. So, get out and clean up the lawn.
Start Your Garden
Yes, there are plenty of things you can go ahead and plant now. Depending on where you live, the plants that can be planted outdoors vary because some places may still be a bit cold. But even those who cannot plant outdoors can start them indoors. Some of the veggies you can start outside in zones six through eight include onions, cabbage, peas, sprouts, broccoli, carrots, potatoes, lettuce, and celery. Flowers that you can plant outside now include begonias, dianthus, marigolds, impatiens, and even petunias. For those who cannot plant outside yet, you can still get your garden ready.
Getting the Ground Ready
Choose where your garden is going to be this year, first. You should rotate where you plant your garden every few years. Anyway, go ahead and test the soil so you know what you need to do to get it ready. For some tests, all you have to do is look at it. If your soil clumps together, it is probably clay soil and if it is loose and flows freely through your fingers, it is sandy soil. Silt has even smaller particles than clay and is bad for drainage. Loam is the best as it has a good balance of all of these. You can add whatever organic matter you need to make it loamy. But before you head to the garden store, test the pH of your soil first. It should be between 5.5 and 7.5 for most plants. Once you know what your soil needs, head to the store and get it. Then you can get to mixing it into the ground and making the garden ready for your plants.
Another good way to celebrate lawn and garden month is to have a garden party. You can just invite some friends or family over for a BBQ. Sit on the deck and look at your lawn and talk about how great it is that the cold weather is gone. Or you can have over a whole bunch of people and play lawn games like croquet, badminton, frisbee, and volleyball. Just try not to damage the yard by pounding too many stakes into it. Invite the neighbors over and brag about how much better your yard is, even if it isn’t. Then just sit around and look at your yard.
Have a Picnic
Invite the kids or grandkids over for a picnic. Do it the old-fashioned way with a big tablecloth or old blanket, a basket of food, and some drinks. Make some yummy sandwiches and pack some fruit or veggies and a few snacks for dessert. Sit in the grass and play some games or color in coloring books. Lay down and look at the clouds. See what you can see in the clouds. I remember doing that with my sister as a kid. That was fun. A picnic with the honey is also fun. Although I doubt if I could get my hubby to get down on a blanket in the grass because I would have to help him back up. Well, that’s all I got. Until next time… enjoy your yard!