Hi Everyone! Because of the Coronavirus, we’ve all been told to stay home. I say, take it a step further. Let’s stay home and garden. Once you’ve been through your backlog of Netflix and Amazon Prime, you can read a book on rainy days, trawl the internet endlessly, or you can go outside.
If we have to stay home, let’s stay home and garden.
What can we do in the garden now? Plenty. It’s time to prune roses and feed them. That reminds me, I need to pick up some natural food for my roses. Normally, I would buy Mills’ Rose Magic, but I don’t want to put further strain on delivery systems right now. My plan, if I do it, is to pop in and pop out of my local nursery. However, I may wait a couple of weeks. I could put shredded leaves on the roses now and do the other later.
Cut back your dead perennials. In Oklahoma, it’s too wet out there today to do much other than pruning and cutting back. We’ve had a lot of rain lately. Bill measured four inches in the rain gauge this morning, and storms are forecast for tonight and tomorrow.
While you cut back those perennials, also keep removing oak leaves from beds and borders because they won’t break down fast enough and will smother your other plants.
On the beekeeper front, Bill and I built this beautiful new hive in case I need to make a split from one of my current colonies. I’ve done my first inspection where I didn’t see any queen cells, but this time of year, the bees could start building them anytime.
I am also feeding my honey bees sugar water, and I have a little video to show you. I uploaded it to IGTV and YouTube.
Start any seeds you want for warm-weather crops and go ahead and plant another row or more of lettuce, radishes, and other cold-weather things. We may get a very short spring, and I wouldn’t want you to miss out on homegrown lettuce.
Daffodils, violets and a little bit of my blue Phlox divaricata are also blooming, and hellebores continue to bloom. The peony foliage is way up on some plants. I wish it weren’t because we are supposed to get down to 28° tonight.
While we wait for the virus to blow through the U.S., if there was one thing I would encourage you to do, it would be to get outside and garden. You have to stay home anyway. Might as well feel the sunshine on your face.