2022 Yard And Garden To-Do List
As the calendar is showing late March, we're now STARING down the real beginning of gardening and yard care season here in USDA Growing Zone 5b. And, like a lot of amateur gardeners and landscape caretakers, I often find myself adrift - drawn to things in garden centers that I don't have in my plans, pulled to focus on projects that steal time and end up planting things in places that don't make sense for the long haul. However, I *do* have a landscape plan that was drawn by a professional. I have of gardening rules don't buy just ONE of anything and dig a $5 hole for a 50 cent plant. (That makes me think that I *should* write a post that outlines my adopted gardening rules that I've collected over tim). And, I have list of projects that I'd like to tackle. Using those tools and direction SHOULD make the growing season go smoothly. But, everybody - including me - needs to be held accountable.
That's why, over the past three growing seasons, I've published an annual "Yard & Garden To-Do List" that includes items that I wanted to focus on during the season.Here's the 2019 List. I also wrote an addendum in 2019. And, here's my 2019 scorecard.
Here's the 2020 List. And, here's my 2020 scorecard.
Here's the 2021 List. And, here's my 2021 scorecard.
10. Continue a few seasonal projects. That means: continue to collect walnuts, treat pests in Lindens and Magnolia trees, collect native seed pods and both feed AND winterize roses. Additionally, to deal with the rabbits, I need to add winter protection to more shrubs.
13. Composting Improvements and Schedule. Based on the current state, I need to add a true third storage bin. Have to continue to use the alfalfa cubes again to speed things up, have a watering schedule and think about turning things on the regular. Get back to using the under-the-sink composting bin. Get the 'black gold' out of the tumbler and put to use in the front yard bed (see #19 below).
16. Design with dark foliage and add color with shade annuals. Think about dark foliage when options exist. And splurge with annuals including polka dot plants and begonias in the ground. Like this bed at Morton.