Stuck at Home, Not Stuck Inside
Many of us have been asked to work from home and limit our exposure to others.
It’s a wonderful time to enjoy the great outdoors, whether at one of our nature preserves or right outside your door. We’ve compiled a list of activities to help you get your Vitamin N (nature), even if you’re stuck at home.
Things to Do in Your Garden
Updated May 20
- Now that we’re at the end of the easy-to-pull annual weeds and working on harder-to-remove perennials consider getting yourself a soil knife like this one. It’s a great help for planting, too.
- If your garden is full of tree seedlings try using needle nosed pliers to pull them up. This can also work on perennials with sturdy taproots.
- Tidy sorts will want to be cutting back some of the things that have already bloomed this spring. As you do this, think about whether or not you want the seeds to stay in your garden or go away. Plants like Aquilegia canadensis (columbine) and Tradescantia spp. (spiderworts) can make quite a lot of seed. Depending on your garden and on the plant this might be a good thing. If it’s not, perennials don’t mind a little pruning, spiderworts will even reward your efforts with more blooms. You can also collect the seeds and spread them somewhere else.
- If frost asters are taking up too much space in your garden consider cutting them back. If you do this regularly, you and the late fall pollinators can enjoy the flowers without giving up too much garden space. This technique works on lots of perennials that have a tendency to get unwieldy.
- Youngia japonica (oriental false hawksbeard) is in flower. The good news is this makes it easier to see and pull. The bad news is once you see flowers, the ripe seeds are already spreading. It’s time to pull all you can find and put the plants in the trash to keep those wind-dispersed seeds from getting around.
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast is not just for identifying native wildflowers, it’s also a great resource for garden weeds. If you have a copy, you can check out pictures of Youngia japonica and also put a name to a bunch of those other confusing weeds that are blooming right now.
- Thin annuals like Impatiens capensis (jewelweed) and Bidens aristosa (ditch daisy) so you’ll have stronger healthier plants for a good show later in the year.
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