Tending the Garden- May 5, 2015

Today was my working day at the Japanese Garden in the Birmingham Botanical Gardens with 3 of my buddies.

  • We were all busy spraying Roundup for weeds.
  • Cutting dead wood out of the Serissa hedges that were killed from the winter cold
  • Killing all the ant beds that have cropped up
  • And of course grooming and removing any plants that had damaged or dead limbs
shaving maple limbs

This is how you “shave” leaves and the tiny young stems of this Japanese Maple

  • And “shaving” or rubbing or pulling new shoots off of many of the trees–especially cherries and Japanese maples.
  • At home, it was still wet, so there was no need for the irrigation system yet
  • Time to start simple watering of new transplants– still using water selectively and wisely.
  • The soil is still very moist slightly below the surface.
  • I also repotted two small boxwood seedlings that I am fostering along because one of the clay pots broke apart due to the winter cold, and I need the pots to match.
  • IF the weather stays this warm I plan to soak my okra seeds in hot water for an hour or two, then seed them directly to the garden.
  • Also, it is time to check out the sprinkler system to make sure there are no line breaks and heads are properly aimed to minimize the amount of water waste on hard surfaces.

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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