Living in Illinois the weather is just starting to reach into the 50s. It smelled like spring yesterday, and I see the beginnings of leaf buds on my Japanese Maple. I even sat out on my deck (without having to wear a coat or hat!) and started my 2018 garden goals/todo list. This list, so far includes:
Prune nectarine tree, grade flowerbeds on south side of house, check roots on failing yew shrubs, move rock board to more compliment fence installed around pool last fall, among other planting and maintaining tasks.
I also want to add more railing boxes to my deck and front porch, but our deck is starting to rot in places so the focus will probably be on repairing that and the boxes will have to wait til next year.
My in-laws want to have a garden this year, and I’m excited to help with that. I tried Cherokee purple tomatoes last year, and we just don’t get the sun here for many vegetables. Next month I’m going to start some heirloom tomato seeds, and maybe some pepper seeds, and pumpkins for my son so we can add them into the mix after the last frost. Can’t wait!