After many hours of brutal labor (eight hours digging up the summer annuals that were so very established and another eight for the planting of the winter annuals) all done over the last three weekends, I am almost done. What’s left is to sprinkle the fertilizer, slug bate, root stimulator, and to add more compost around the pansies. Next weekend, I will need to transport my summer container plants to the greenhouse and create my traditional winter container annuals.
The front of my house faces north, and there’s a vast amount of shade from the many trees that are on or next to my front garden. Most of them are deciduous, and you would think that would allow more sun during the winter months. But those same trees continuously dump bushels of leaves onto my beds and on the grass, and I have a hard time keeping the annuals uncovered. Gas and electrical blowers are not allowed in my garden. Ever! They strip the foliage and flowers off the plants and will also uproot the ones with shallow root systems. So from November through January, I am hand culling leaves and acorns every weekend without a break. But I do allow myself to use a rake on the grass. Still, my plants have a hard time growing and thriving because of the lack of sunlight.