Okay people! It needs to be said.
You need to know…
If you are from the midwest where
it feels like summer…acts like summer..
and is even starting to look like summer…
You need to know…it’s NOT summer!
What? Why? Whatcha talking about?
I’m talking about your gardens, your yard, your living outsides.
So, I know a thing or two about a thing or two about your gardens and yards and plants.
And here’s what you need to know right now
if you are from the northern states…
1. do NOT rake!!!
yep, I know it’s tempting.
You want to make it all pretty.
You want to get the dead plants out and stuff. Don’t! Refrain!
In amongst all that dead is the beginnings of the new plants.
And right now they are at their most vulnerable and tender stage.
And you with all your good intentions are just killing them.
Dragging their poor little heads through the mud.
Ruining them. So don’t.
(the only raking you better be doing…the inside, pretend kind! from innerchildfun.com )
2. No Pruning…pruning…pruning.
Okay this isn’t a total no.
But it’s a…go slow…be careful!
Cause you are pruning live, growing branches.
Prune only branches that you want gone, gone.
Cause you trim off the new growth and it will look funky, funky, funky.
3. don’t fertilize!
So, because we are all natural and stuff we really aren’t big on fertilizing anyways.
But I know you all like to do it.
But, unless you are doing pots…don’t fertilize your yard.
The plants in the ground aren’t ready to take it in yet…it’s just a waste of your time and money.
Save it for later.
And then go slowly.
(the best kind of fertilizer…the natural kind! from earthobservatory.nasa.gov )
4. It’s not time to plant.
It’s nowhere near time to plant.
So, I know it’s like 80 degrees in Minneapolis and elsewhere.
And going to be in the 70′s for who knows how long.
This is March, people…it can still deep freeze.
Like really…I am seeing people at the greenhouses.
Which, by the way, don’t have plants yet.
Because it’s not time to plant!!!
So don’t! Don’t even think about it!
(yep, that could be you. without the fur and big tail. Well…maybe you have those? no matter. from photography.nationalgeographic.com)
5. Take out dead plants.
You can take out the dead plants.
They are already dead.
Just be careful where you walk so you don’t walk on the heads of other plants.
6. Indoor plants can go outside
You can put your indoor plants outside while it’s nice.
They will love you!
And it will make you feel like you are doing something.
(from ivillagecom )
7. get seedlings started…maybe?
If you must (we still think it’s too early even for this)…you can start some seedlings.
Do just a small amount now, and some later…just in case.
Things like vegetables, cutting flowers, and perennials can be started indoors weeks before planting.
But, think about doing some of these in batches…just in case you are too early…just in case.
I realize that parts of the country are warm, and wonderful, and don’t have to follow these rules. Yeah, yeah.
But those of you “midwesterners” heed my warning…It’s NOT summer!
Til Next Time!