Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Mid-Atlantic

June, 2011
Regional Report

Fill Your Bucket

By now you know which gardening tools are your favorites -- which gloves fit best, which pruners feel good in your hand, which cultivar reaches deep enough, which trowel has a solid grip. Keep them all together and clean in one place - like in a bucket, trug, or tub. One more way to make gardening easy on ourselves.

Visit Yummy U-Pick Fruit Farms

How about enjoying fresh blueberries, raspberries, blackberries ... and picking them too? Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware are rich with u-pick opportunities. Spending a late morning or early afternoon outdoors in an orchard nibbling on ripe fruit with friends and family -- those are moments to savor.

Deadhead Coreopsis, Phlox, Gaillardia

Clip off the dead flowers from your coreopsis, garden phlox, dianthus, feverfew, daisies, yarrow, cornflower. Cleared of spent blossoms, some perennials will rebloom with gusto, others somewhat. Cornflower is not likely to rebloom.

Use The Best Tools

Buy and properly care for the best forged and ergonomically designed tools you can afford. Gardening is much more a pleasure when your spade's sharp, pruners clip smoothly, hoe's the right size and shape, watering can is well-balanced, and your hose is light-weight but not crimping.

Edge the Beds

Creeping grasses and running weeds are likely nudging their way into fertile beds and borders. Use a straight-edged spade to recut the edge separating garden from lawn or path. Flip up the soil clump, pull out the invaders, crumble the soil to fill the cut.

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