I have spent the majority of my time in the garden, and the greenhouse over the last 3 months. And it’s all starting to pay off! So come along with me to see how my Pacific Northwest garden grows in June!
This spring has been very different from the past years. Because of everything going on in the world these last few months, the garden has been a sanctuary for me.
There is something to be said for garden therapy. It’s a chance to enjoy the outdoors and take in all the beauty that nature has to offer.
For those of you who are new to my blog, I live in the PNW, which is zone 8. I currently have lilacs, wisteria, clematis, Japanese roses, rhododendrons, azaleas, and mock orange blooming.
The roses and hydrangeas are getting ready to bloom soon, and I can’t wait to show you when they do!
Getting the Garden for Spring
I usually start my seed planting in February and March, depending on the variety.
Growing seeds for the garden is not only a great way to get a jump on the season, but to grow many different varieties of flowers you may not find at a nursery.
The amount of money it takes to buy a packet of seeds will most likely cost the same as one plant!
Starting Geraniums from Cuttings
Geraniums are one of my favorite flowers to add to planters and window boxes. I used to spend hundreds of dollars each year, purchasing enough flowers to fill the pots around my yard.
But the great news is, I can now plant new starts from my existing geraniums.
These plants are easy to maintain, grow, and propagate. I started this process on the first day of spring this year but will start my geranium cuttings as early as the first of March next year.
This will give them more time to root properly before transplanting them.
Cutting Ferns Back
I cut my ferns down to the ground every March. They tend to get a little tired and perk back up with new frond growth. The space in your garden will look a little underwhelming for a month or so, but it will be worth it. I promise!
Dividing Perennial Plants
Dividing perennials in your yard can be beneficial for so many reasons. This process keeps your plants healthy while keeping your garden from looking overgrown and messy.
Creating additional plants that will grow in your garden can be used in places throughout your yard, which is guaranteed to save you money. You can also share these perennials as a gift for a friend or neighbor.
Cutting Back Spring Bulb Flowers and Leaves
It’s such a temptation to want to cut down all the brown leaves that your spring bulbs leave behind. Your garden can look messy and unkempt. But if you are counting on your spring bulbs to bloom again next year, you will need to leave them until they die off.
Read my blog post for more information about when to cut your spent bulb foliage back.
Transplanting My Seed Starts
The day has finally arrived and I am in the process of transplanting my seed starts into the garden.
Not only do I fill the raised beds with flower and vegetable seeds, but I also sprinkle them throughout the rest of the garden to add color and interest to the existing perennials.
I always find it a challenge when it comes to eyeballing 12-inch squares in my raised beds.
Installing screws to the bed frame, 12 inches apart, and leaving them partially extended, allows me to wrap twine around the screws temporarily. As you can see, my squares are now perfectly even. Problem solved!
Adding Organic Material is Beneficial to the Garden
Fish compost is added to my garden every year to help make it healthier, and more pest-resistant. It provides valuable slow-release nutrients.
It is so beneficial to add mulch or compost to the garden. It helps retain moisture in the soil for a longer period and provides a natural barrier for weeds.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how my garden grows this spring.
If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with anyone who may find these gardening tips useful.
Until next time,
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