Bed building: I’ve been collecting plants to expand my beds for some weeks now. I dig in bags of topsoil, compost, and pine bark soil conditioner. Then plant in the elevated and enriched areas. Stones, even fire wood, hold the soil in place.
Shrub planting: I love to take advantage of the great plant sales and open nurseries this time of year. And I love shrubs. They are the bones of my garden. When I make a new bed I always start with shrubs, then fill in with smaller plants.
Dividing perennials: Some plants never need dividing, but others, like my favorite Japanese Roof Iris will bloom much better if divided every 2-3 years. Having extra plants to share with friends is another big bonus of dividing your plants.
Saving seeds: Some of my favorite plants, like this tall Melampodium, grow from home-harvested seeds. Simple and free, seeds are the most rewarding form of propagation I know. I store my seeds in open containers until they dry completely. And always, always label.
What are you doing in the garden this month? I’d love to hear.