There is nothing like a warm day in January to awake the gardening bug. Colorado has had another one of those strange winters where the cold snap in January is non-existent and our mountain snow pack is ensuring water restrictions come summer.
But what a lovely 60+ degree day to head out and do some of the spring to-do list a little early! Of course I’ll never get done with the already growing list, but hey its a start.
Fighting Mildew in the Vegetable garden
Two years ago my vegetable garden was stricken with a terrible case of powdery mildew. It was bad enough that even this summer the weeds that sprung up had a bad case of it as well. I have read my less than stellar fall cleanup could be allowing the mildew to overwinter on leaf debris and grass clippings that did not decompose. If I plan to have a garden this year, a thorough cleaning was in order. Today I removed over 5 bags of clippings and leaves.
To also combat the problem, I plan to create raised beds with fresh soil, and will cover the areas in between the beds with landscape fabric and pea gravel.
Here is my list.
- Rake the vegetable garden to prep for the soon to be built raised beds.
- Begin the preparation for my rose garden. This means raking away river rock and pulling up dreaded plastic.
- Get some more mulch on my beds. I avoided it this fall and beds are looking bare in spots.