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Spring Cleaning

March 19, 2012

Spring Cleaning in the Carolina Victory Garden

The past couple of weekends we have been busy spring cleaning in the garden. The raised beds which lay fallow all last year were full of weeds and some grass that had to be pulled to prepare for the planting of seeds in the near future. I think the year off was good for the garden. The soil is rich, fluffy and full of worms. We added just a little compost and turned everything to mix it in. With temperatures in the 80s the past two weeks, it is hard to resist temptation to go ahead and plant everything. In fact, I may cave in at any moment.

Small Raised Bed Invaded with Stachys Floridana

The one exception to this treatment is the original raised bed where we had transplanted a loropetalum rooting from the Country Garden. This is the bed that has been invaded by the Florida Betony. After reading all of our options, we decided to take the scorched earth approach. The bush has been thoroughly inspected for betony and taken down to it’s roots before being replanted in a large pot for the season. Round-up has been liberally applied to the betony and we will keep an eye on it to make sure it is all gone. It will be at least fall before we plant anything in this bed.

The front flower beds still need work in the way of soil remediation. We keep adding a little garden soil, a little compost, but this fall I think we will have to take up the entire bed and really do a good job of mixing and turning the soil. In the mean time, we replaced the mulch that has mostly composted itself or washed away over the past three years with pine straw. Not my favorite, but it will do for now.

Are your gardens prepared? Have you planted yet?

Main Garden Area with Pine Straw Mulch

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