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Old 04-10-2011, 05:44 PM
 
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What's done so far in your garden?

What will you be doing in the next week or so?
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Old 04-10-2011, 05:53 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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All I've done is till the soil. I need to blow leaves out of my backyard. It's been too cold to shop for flowers. Once we get a nice bunch of days I'll buy my usual annuals and plant them in the yard and in pots.
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Old 04-10-2011, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I wouldn't plant any tender annuals until May. We sometimes get a surprise frost at the end of April. Wait until after Mother's Day is the general rule of thumb, from what I hear.

I like getting things done as early as possible, before it gets hot and buggy. So I've already done most of the big tasks--mulching, new borders, planting bushes, and that sort of thing. I grow annuals from seed, so my seed trays have been started. I've also done a lot of weeding, but that's a never ending process. The best time to weed is right after a rain storm, because they pull out easily and cleanly.
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Loudoun County, VA
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We're in a townhouse so everything is in containers.. Strawberries, tomatoes, lavender, yellow bell peppers and a rosemary plant. This way I can watch the weather forecast and bring them in if it looks like a chance of frost at night. Also weeded and reseeded (sp?) the lawn. I guess a new teak bench belongs under garden category. Can't wait to start drinking afternoon tea on the deck.
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Gainesville, VA
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I just cut the lawn for the first time this season. Our yard is a wreck from the builder replacing a lot of the curb and sidewalk as part of them getting off bond with the county. So, I reseeded/sodded a week or so ago. I don't put out mulch until the cherry blossoms and maple seed pods have fallen, otherwise it's a waste of my time. I've also decided that I am never going to plant pansies on the front north side of the house again. The ones I just kinda shove in the dirt as an after thought on the south side look amazing.
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:59 PM
 
Location: somewhere
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I have planted flowers in the front yard and going to plant some bulbs that bloom in the summer next week. We just planted some tomatoes in our own version of topsy turvies, weeded and turned the soil in the area where we are going to garden and will plant tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and yellow squash this week. I also planted some herbs in a container today.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:01 PM
 
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We have lettuce heads in a big pot on the porch. I planted my two pots next to the front door with marigold starters and some snapdragons. All of my tulips have opened, as well as the hyacinth. They look spectacular! During spring break we are going to get the soil ready for the garden. This year: tomatoes, radishes, carrots, zucchini and maybe some potatoes. My oldest (6) is THRILLED to start the garden.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Novastan
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I have looked at my small plot of land and sighed.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Oh, I forgot to mention spring lawn seeding/fertilizing. We do it really early. I try to do it right before a few days of rain are predicted--which means the best time is usually the first week of April.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:50 PM
 
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Oh, I forgot to mention spring lawn seeding/fertilizing. We do it really early. I try to do it right before a few days of rain are predicted--which means the best time is usually the first week of April.
Yup, we did that too. Hubby mowed for the second time today. We also put down bark/mulch in the beds. I fertilized the azaleas too.
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