Michigan is under a “Stay-at-Home” order because of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Like most of the world, we’re hunkered down, following the CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus, and hoping things return to normal sooner rather than later. It’s a brave new world. A world that makes me appreciate my garden.
The quarantine has forced some changes to our garden project list. We want to follow the spirit of the quarantine which means no ordering anything except groceries. I’m not going to pretend I’m not disappointed that I can’t visit the local garden centers and send away for all the garden stuff I dreamed about this Winter, but in the greater scheme of things, this is hardly a sacrifice. The safety of our front line medical workers, first responders, and fellow human beings is all that matters now.
In the spirit of using what we already have, and remembering that necessity is the mother of invention, here’s the April garden to-do list.
1. Continue Growing Seeds Indoors
There are seeds on my list that need to be started during April, including cosmos, sweet peas, red leaf hibiscus, and nasturtium. I wrote some tips to help you start seeds indoors that you can find at this link and this link. I’m glad I bought enough seed starting soil before the start of the quarantine.
2. Widen the Borders in the Mary Garden
This project only requires manual labor. I want to increase the width of the border along the hornbeam hedge. I’ll pull up the turf using a sharp spade. The key is to use string lines to cut the border edge straight.
I’ll post the progress on my Instagram stories.
3. Document What’s Blooming in the Garden Every Week
This season I am making the effort to track what’s blooming in the garden each week. My favorite way to do this is a flat lay. I’m also planning to take photographs each week from the same vantage point so I can see how the garden changes throughout the growing season.
4. Look for Existing Plants to Redeploy
They say what’s old is new again. In that spirit, I plan to move existing plants to create something new. Since I’m not buying new plants until after the quarantine is lifted, I need to be creative.
One decision I made is to redeploy the boxwood at the side entrance. I’ll replace all the boxwood I move. I counted 20 Winter Gem boxwood available for other areas in the garden. You can see the boxwood in the photo below. They’re the ones on the left side. They will make great container plants for the patio too.
5. Think About How to Create Cool Container Gardens
I’m assuming there will be no garden center visits for quite some time. I’ve started thinking about how to use the flowers I am growing from seed to create containers for the patio. The original plan was to plant the seedlings in the garden, but now I’m thinking about using them to create something new.
I want to grow as a gardener during this quarantine. I choose to look at this as a learning opportunity. How can I take what we have around the house and be creative? I’m fascinated when ordinary objects are used in new ways. This growing season will be a chance to get creative.
There you have it. My top 5 tasks for April. You can check out all the things I finished for the March garden to-do list here. Happy Gardening!