August garden chores
This is the time of year -- before fall makes its entrance -- when it is hard to get up the energy to go out into the garden.
It is hot and dry and there is so much to do. And so many mosquitoes.
If I want to feel guilty about all the I am NOT doing in the garden, I can always count on my friends and fellow bloggers Susan Harris and Margaret Roach, who religiously post their monthly list of garden chores.
Susan, who blogs for Behnke's in Beltsville and Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville, is invaluable to the Maryland gardener because she gardens more or less in our micro-climate.
Margaret's list is always thorough, but she gardens in upstate New York.
In any case, these are some of the things I haven't gotten done this month. My thanks to Susan and Margaret.
I haven't removed the spent blooms on my crepe myrtle to encourage more blooms. (I haven't dead-headed much of anything.)
Nor have I cut back the bloomed-out flower stems on my hosta.
I haven't killed off the weeds in my lawn, in preparation for seeding in late September.
I need to clear away the browned foliage on my daylilies and then transplant some of them.
I haven't placed my spring bulb order.
And I need to get some water into my compost pile. Without any rain -- and there has been little or none this summer -- it won't decompose.
There. At least I made a list....