In the Garden: March 2016

Happy first day of spring everyone!! As of today, it is officially spring and while the weather might still be a bit of a roller coaster ride, overall it has been fairly nice out. Right now is the perfect time to get out into the gardens to survey winter's damage and to prep for the upcoming warmer months! Gardening is something that I truly enjoy and I thought I would start incorporating that into the blog more. I'm planning on doing monthly garden updates to give you a glimpse into what I am up to and what's happening out in the dirt each month! I am by no means an expert, and I often go against the grain in how I work outside, so please - take everything with a grain of salt. ;)

  • This month is all about clean up - I've been going around cleaning out dead leaves, branches that have fallen, pine cones and needles from all our surrounding pine trees, etc. 
  • I've also been pruning the perennial plants a bit. Honestly, I don't often prune but this year I'm trying to make a more conscious effort to do so. 
  • I also went out and put some of the bird feeders back up. I generally take them down in the fall because the show often gets far too deep to try and traverse to feed the birds during the winter, and so many birds that I feed migrate anyways (hummingbirds, orioles, etc.). I haven't put all my feeders up yet but right now I've got two finch feeders, two general feeders and a safflower for the cardinals, who have been coming around but not feeding - any suggestions?? 
  • I've cleaned out all the container planters that I used last year - I know, I should have done so last year! There are always things I forget or put off and then, it's too late! That's where I generally plant any annuals, so they're clean and ready to go! 
  • I also did a bit of cleaning in the veggie bed, and I'm planning on ordering seeds in the next few days. I think that I'm going to start everything from seed this year so that I can have more control over how much I grow of each thing. The selecting part is going to be difficult! 
So far, that's what I've been up to and weather permitting I have a few projects I hope to get to before the months end. It might not seem like an exciting list, but the fact that I've been able to get outside and get a start on things this year is exciting! I'd love to know what you're up to in your gardens as well as what you hope to do/grow this year in the comments!

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