Tough gardeners in the video below! 🙂
Slowly the snow melts. Trees and flowers start to sprout.
The weather is getting warmer and there is already a kind of itching under the fingernails.
There is a lot of work waiting in the garden. And it’s really like a brain game for free – thinking a lot and getting fresh air into our brain at the same time!
Welcome to the first part of our article “Garden Awakening”
The tiles on the terrace have set moss during the winter. The pathway from the garden gate to the front door wants to be cleaned. Garden furniture and garden swing are waiting for being released from the garage.
These have got dust on it during the winter and the one or the other armchair loses its beauty because the paint has already said goodbye. And if you look over to the flowerbeds you notice that fresh life is awaking there. These plants call for care. The trees are also looking forward to the “spring cutting”.
But before the hammer bangs on our head and the garden shovel gets stuck into the ground because the handles have become damped and rotten during the winter, we should consider some few things.
In order to avoid the first accidents of the year, we first check our tools. I was often annoyed because the floral scissors didn’t even open at the first try.
Once again I forgot to lubricate before winter came. But now – after considering the following rules – I’m sure I’ll never forget again.
Also, the other tools deserve to be treated with respect too. First of all let’s see which tools are most important to us at the beginning of the gardening year.
The 10 most important garden tools (see collected reviews also here)
- Garden Hoe or Grave Fork
- Leaf/Grass Rake
- Weed claw
- Floral Scissors
- Ax, Hatchet or Pruning Shears
- Watering Can
That should work for a smooth start.
For our “darlings” to work properly again we remove the rust and lubricate the joints.
If you want you can also look out for gardening hand tool sets, gardening tools for elderly, garden tools for handicapped, the best gardening gloves for women, best garden gloves for roses (special ones). There are even garden gloves with claws included already!
I will do some research work for you and provide reviews afterwards.
In order to be able to sit down for dinner without any damage after work, let’s take a look at a few points that are important for working in the garden without claiming salvation.
Self-protection is the best protection!
Gardening season is not without its risks. Every year thousands of citizens are injured while working in botany as hard that they have to be treated in the hospital.
• Gloves and sturdy shoes are necessary
• Protective goggles provide protection against dust, flying scrapings or whip back branches
• Wear close-fitting clothing so that nothing can be pulled into machinery and equipment
• Swimwear is not suitable for gardening (sunburn, …)
– do not forget the headgear too!
• Pay attention to vaccination if necessary (tetanus, ticks, …)
• Use long-handled equipment and a wheelbarrow to avoid stooping posture
• Check the ladder for function prior to ascent – ensure secure footing and slip-resistant rungs
• When using chemicals, do not only wear goggles but also a respirator – store the chemicals safely
• The cables of the electrical equipment must be suitable for outdoor work
• Mow the lawn parallel to the slope so that you will not get under the mower in case you stumble
• Beware of wasp and hornet nests
• A first-aid kit should always be nearby
• Recall emergency numbers
• Use special garden tools if helpful (e.g. gardening tools for seniors)
• Do not leave any garden tools lying around, as these can be dangerous trip hazards. Do not take up too much gardening work at once. Maybe you got a bit rusty during the winter as well! 🙂
6 Tips To Kiss Our Garden Awake:
When the spring sun tickles at the tip of our nose, the spirits of life also awaken the garden with its animal and vegetable inhabitants. And before they will grow like crazy, grab your spade! After all, there should not prevail uninvited, crawling guests or proliferating weed. We all want to know how to plant a flower garden or whatever so we can be proud of our property, right?
1) spring care on beds
Where once was nibbled, harvested and picked, now yawning emptiness rules. But this should not stay that way: dead branches must be removed and composted. The remaining old soil, which has been useful as a protector during the winter should be loosened and assimilated into the soil.
Before tender weeds get even stronger roots it can be weeded very easily. Beware, however, of the flower bulbs planted in autumn! Otherwise, it will be fertilized with its own compost. Organic gardeners also swear on horn shavings – a protein-containing, organic fertilizer.
Especially vegetables such as cabbage, zucchini, squash or tomatoes as well as turf grasses and ornamental plants will appreciate the spring cure with a rich harvest or good growth.
2) Plant me! Who is going under the soil now
Even vegetables are planted into the cold frame. For a fragrant butterfly meadow, the seedlings of thyme or marigold take place on the windowsill next to the young vegetable seedlings. After the worst coldness is over they may go outside.
For this purpose, the irrigation systems should be controlled and put into operation in dry weather because many plants that are just getting alive, dry up in spring.
After frost and snow, the emaciated raised bed also calls for action. At the beginning the difference should be filled up with fresh soil after decomposition. If the raised bed is to become a cold frame, then a lid warms up the soil. By the beginning of March you can start with the sowing of spinach or lamb’s lettuce.
4) Special service for pot plants
Our seasonal housemates like Oleander, Fuchsia and companions are already craving for their freedom … and for a rejuvenation cut of the old shoots. However, they should get used to the outdoors step by step and not be exposed to the blazing sun and cool wind immediately.
Thus, they can – controlled for pests and repaved with fresh soil – sniff fresh air during the day and brought back into the frost-free house at night. During a certain duration of time they may enjoy the in-out-service, so that they can then reveal their full splendor in summer! Less demanding, however, our next candidate:
5) Lawn kisses awake himself
Because the grasses fortunately have the growth point under the earth and can come out healthy again. So that he gradually radiates lush green again, doing nothing is the best way, according to the initiative “Nature in the garden”!
6 Ready for the spring cut
Except for cherries and apricots, which are cut after the harvest, the fruit trees (berry, stone and pome fruit) are now waiting for their rejuvenation cut for more growth. By the way, the summer cut delays this growth. On some trees there can still hang so-called fruit mummies.
The remnants of fruits that carry harmful fungi, such as fruit rot or branch, dying carrying within itself. These should be removed for safety’s sake. Around March, the first blood lice are already awake. They crawl up the trunk with the aim of getting fresh fruit tree branches, except an attached glue ring blocks their way!
In older trees the pest overwinters unfortunately in the bark crevices, in this case sensitive pesticides like rapeseed oil preparations are helping because they are attracting natural enemies of the blood lice.
Evergreen shrubs should be cut back not later than March, flowering shrubs depending on the flowering time (e.g. Spiraea and Forsythia only after flowering). Grasses and perennials are trimmed in early March, with caution to new shoots.
When the compost heap is reactivated with compost accelerator and horn shavings, and the cleaned nest boxes for ladybirds, bumblebees & companions are installed, the spring garden with the spring ambassador Aurora Butterfly returns to buzzing, blooming and fragrant life.
Now that we have taken care of the rejuvenation of our garden, our trees, our garden furniture and our terrace – in the next part of our journey we will look into some works in detail.
After all, we want to prove to our neighbors who has the more beautiful garden!
If you do have any questions or suggestions (maybe about some tricks you know) please don’t hesitate to write a comment about! Let me know it!
I love to hear about “special tricks” how to fix something or so… sometimes they are really helpful but in any case mostly funny! 🙂
PS: Take care of all the tips! 🙂