- Prune and spray apple tree
- Rake leaves away from all the snowdrops and crocus shoots
- Rake the larch needles and branches away.
- Cut away dead stuff
- Get Mike the tree guy to come and cut away branches and dead trees
- Make an attempt to plan the garden.
- Cut branches of Forsythia and bring indoors.
- Despite what the seed packets say, it is too early to plant peas, but a good time to plant fava beans.
- Weed the area beside the driveway
- Put big piles of branches and cuttings in compost
- Pull up crabgrass at edges of yard and in the raspberries.
- Pick the biggest weeds from the front yard.
- Finally throw out the Christmas poinsettia and other suffering festive arrangements
- Mulch/manure garden boxes
- Mulch/manure raspberries, check branches to make sure they are all still tied up.
- Inspect and re-tie up any raspberries that have come undone
- Oil the cedar boxes with Tung oil.
- Place soaker hoses in raspberries
- Start planting veggie beds
- Power wash all the stone, the front steps especially under the yews
- Put the peony rings around the peonies
- Weed, weed, weed, weed
- Cut back the salal and make sure that it doesn’t interfere with blueberries.
- Weed, weed, weed, weed, weed
- Deadhead the rhodos
- Buy a new fountain and find somewhere to put the broken one (on the back of the chimney?)
- Rust-proof paint the wheelbarrow and various tools.
- Manure, compost, soil amendment, fertilize
- Keep the grass between the flagstones clipped
- Deadhead more rhodos
- Add soil to the rock garden
- Continue to clean out under the brush
- Reduce “the pile”
- Deal with the overhanging cedars from the neighbors.
- Cut back old raspberry canes – NOTE: this year save the hollow canes for bee homes.
- Sieve compost from last year
- Add lime to garden
- Plant winter lettuce,
carrots, spinach, kale.
- Split lilies.
- Prune hedges around raspberries, and cedar above raspberries
- Prune lauryl hedge
- Cut down the lauryl tree on South East corner of property (WHAT? I’VE DONE THIS BEFORE?)
- Make sure the salal isn’t interfering with blueberries.
- Pull up all the anemones in the summer/fall.
- Cut all the plants back as they die so I won’t have to deal with rotted dead stuff in the spring.
- Weed, fertilize and mulch raspberries. Figure out what fertilizer adds sweetness.
- Cover fall/winter crops.
- Remove the dead leaves from crocosmia, black eyed susan, daisies.
- Make sure that the raspberries are still tied up.
- Trim hedges and prune near the power line.
- Weed, weed, weed
- DON’T PLANT BROADBEANS NOW.
- Look around at what might get damaged by snow: cut off dried hyrangeas and tie up the hemlocks.