We have color again! The grass is green, tulips are blooming, and the herb garden is starting to sprout the first few fragrant leaves. So I think it’s a good time for a Spring Garden tour!
‘Tis the season for weeding, wacking, snipping, shearing, pulling, and filling many bins with yard waste. I wish I’d taken some photos of the huge mess before I started just so you could have seen the disaster.
Favorite Garden Tools
These are my go-to hand tools for Spring gardening: Hound Dog Weeder , a simple pronged weeder, and large clippers. I’ve had my Hound Dog weeder for years. It looks like the current product is designed a bit differently, so I can’t vouch for the current model, but I love mine. It’s great for weeding dandelions and saves your knees and hands. You just have to make sure you line up the prongs with the middle of the weed, and it helps if your ground is a little wet. I can probably get more of the tap root out consistently with the pronged hand weeder, but I don’t have the time or stamina to be on my knees for hours weeding.
The Front Yard
Butterfly bush on the right, followed by a small rosebush, clumps of coneflowers, and those gorgeous tulips.
I trimmed a ton off the butterfly bush and sculpted the pines into more symmetrical puffs. The containers are ready for colorful annuals once I’m sure we are definitely out of danger of frost.
The Back Yard
I weeded tons of Creeping Charlie out of the raspberry patch. I still need to make a trip to the hardware store to get some new stakes and twine to get those canes propped up and happy.
There are two raised beds in the backyard. The one in the foreground currently has some rouge raspberry canes. I intended to plant peas, but time got away from me. I may try for some greens before it gets too hot. Eventually I’ll put in some tomatoes. What varieties do you like? One of my favorites is a black cherry tomato. I usually buy my starts at the local farmers market.
The second raised bed is mostly an herb garden. Apple mint, oregano, and sage are already making their return. I always plant a lot of basil too. I’m still debating what else to start. Maybe parsley and rosemary.
That’s about it for the Spring garden tour. Thanks for stopping by!
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