Be prepared is the top mantra for gardening. If you are organized at the beginning of the season, gardening will be a joy rather than a chore
Take a Look:
Before you even put a trowel to the ground, take a walk around your yard and see what areas need attention. Make careful notes about tasks and purchases you need to do.
Be honest about your gardening desires and abilities. If your enthusiasm or abilities have changed, concentrate on the areas you see daily rather than planting 5 areas of annuals. Large planted pots have a big impact and are easy to maintain.
You can’t bake a cake before you prepare the batter—you can’t plant a garden before you prepare the soil. Make a list of gardening priorities in sequential order.
Prepare the Tools:
You have heard it many times before, the proper tool makes work easier. Inventory your garden tools. Fill in with new ones to replace those that are broken or missing. Sharpen the blades of your pruning shears, spades, shovels, and trowels. Clean and oil the surfaces.
Contain your Hand Tools:
It is so much easier to garden when you can grab a container that holds your favorite tools. Get a bucket, canvas carrier, or trough to hold your trowel, pruning shears, scissors, weeder, gloves, plant stakes and ties.
Hang your Handled Tools:
A tangle of shovels, rakes, and brooms is a recipe for frustration. There are many systems available for you to hang your long handled tools. You can even drill a hole toward the end of each handle and hang the tools on heavy duty finishing nails hammered into wall studs. No wall space? There are free-standing racks for garden tools.
Your Calendar is a Tool:
Write your schedule of garden tasks on your calendar. No more forgetting about when to fertilize or plant.
Remember Indoor Plants:
Some indoor plants benefit by spending warm months outside. After the last frost, ease them outdoors starting in dappled shade until they become acclimated to the light.
Get the Motors Ready:
Take your power mower in for an oil change, tune up, and blade sharpening. Save yourself the frustration of trying to start a mower that has fouled spark plugs. Clean and check the condition of your other power garden equipment to make sure they are ready for the season.
List the Winners and Losers:
Prepare for next growing season by keeping a list of plants that thrived and those that became premature compost. Make a note of the placement of the plants in your garden. If you plant vegetables, especially tomatoes, note where they were planted so you can rotate crops next year. Always try to keep one step ahead of insects and diseases.
Cheryl Harrell All Sorted Out, LLC Professional Organizing Services www.organizechapelhill.com Serving Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, and Cary, NC
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