Spring got here in a hurry this year. In typical Cincinnati fashion,we had warm stretches throughout March followed by some cold spells. We saw our first tulip bloom in early March. The classic red and yellow tulips in main beds are being accompanied with some new varieties, Merry Go Round (orange/purple) and Torch Song (white/red/yellow).
Mulching got underway in late February. 70 yards or two dump truck loads of mulch were dropped off that will be used this season on the grounds. Beds were weeded and edged and pre-emergent thrown down before being mulched.
And the vegetable garden has been tilled and mulched and is ready for some veggies.
Tips for the garden: if you have a deer problem and they are eating your plants, sprinkle some milorganite in your beds to deter them. We have had good success with this method so far this spring. Also, if you are needing to do some soil amending, try using pine fines as a mulch in late winter/early spring and tilling it in before planting your annuals.
Bryan Miller, Horticulturist