Necessary Chores Now

Stringing trellis for pole beans

Container of Bud and Bloom Salvia

Close-up of flower of Bud and Bloom Salvia

Dead foliage of daffodils

Magnolia leaf litter

Now is the time there are lots of small chores in the garden. Here are a few of the things I am doing in my garden.

  • My pole beans are beginning to run, so I do a string trellis with a good jute rope tied onto horizontal poles. This is so simple to do, I just twine the rope around the poles making sure the string is tight. This also allows for easy picking when the beans are ready to pick.
  • My border is really looking good, but I had several holes to fill. I added some Siberian iris from a friend, and since I really like salvia I purchased a gallon size bud and bloom salvia to fill the hole in the border. I really like blue and purple perennial salvias and know nothing about this particular one, so it was a good opportunity to give a new one a try and fill a hole, too.
  • It is now time to remove the dead foliage from your daffodils. It is also a good time to divide them if they did not bloom well this past spring. The bulbs will now divide easily, and it is a good time to add spring color to places that need it.
  • Magnolia and American boxwoods naturally drop lots of leaves this time of the year. It is so prolific sometimes that you may think something is wrong with them, but it seems especially prolific this time of the year. I don’t worry much, except this time of the year, about getting up magnolia leaves because I allow my trees to grow to the ground and hide their normal leaf drop. It is a good time to put an insecticide around your boxwoods to keep leaf minor under control. I use granular Ortho Tree and Shrub insecticide.

Lots of other shores abound in my garden too, like tying up tomatoes, cutting off spent blooms of many of my flowering plants, grooming blooming day lilies, seeding okra, and of course pulling weeds.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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