Now that gardening season is so close we can taste it, I’ve returned to the digital screen in a series of how-to videos, produced by the Boulder Camera, a newspaper that carries my gardening column.
The first in this year’s series is a blatant attempt by me to distract all of you green thumbs from rushing forth into the garden and, in your enthusiasm for spring, do harm. This happens in several ways, such as tilling soil, wet from snows, which creates clumps that dry into cement-like hardness.
Other gardeners are starting seeds, which is fine. Except some people are starting plants like cucumbers or summer squash, which, as a warm season vegetable, don’t get planted out until mid-May. Giving a plant like that a 10 week head start is alarming – imagine how big they are on the 1st of August, which is ten weeks from when we direct sow them into the ground! My zucchini is easily three-feet wide by that time.
Yes, the madness must stop, at least temporarily.
Instead, dance between the rain showers this weekend and prune your fruit trees. Check out how to work with cherry and peach trees in this week’s video.