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Trees blossom fruitfully at my garden's center in early spring. This year there are no buds yet. The buds may start soon, but the frost of our Northwest winter has killed them. This spring is another time. A time of blossom and blossom. Another time of newness. Another time of renewal.
But, for now, it is about renewal, newness, and blossoms of the year, of the place, of the self, and a time when we look and see the place and the self anew, a time for blossom-trees and for the blossoming of a new year.
It is the time to renew the garden as I renew myself. The time to make things new again. The time to plant, sow, start seedlings, and plant trees. It is the time to start a new garden, a new year, a new new garden!
This is a new garden. This is a new year, and it is a time for the blossoming of a new garden. I hope you will join me in my garden and my garden-renewing newness!
Spring is in the air and the grass is growing greener! But, at the same time, we mustn't forget that spring is just about to move into summer. Summer is, quite honestly, the hardest season to stay warm in! To stay warm in the summer means wearing as many clothes as possible. But, just as we cannot have just one, summer has many seasons. It is when the leaves begin to bud that things really begin to change. This is the time to change our garden into a place where we may find comfort and delight in our summer.
When the leaves begin to bud, we should be thinking about pruning out any overgrown or dead branches. The early pruning is called back-branching. This is the time to consider pruning, whether it is early or late in the season. You can choose to cut back right now and save some time on the pruning you will do later on. Or, you can wait until the late summer and early fall when you will be less affected by the weather and the chance of damage to the foliage. When we do want to prune, we must consider three things:
1. Consider the shape of the plant, whether the pruning will cause the plant to look like an old tree or a young tree, or if the pruning will give the plant a more balanced shape.
2. Consider the growth of the plant and if there is a chance the plant will need help later on. Some plants grow very fast. They may not look well until they are a bit older, and some flowers may start to die off until a year or two later. With some plants, there is a chance of disease affecting the plant. Some plants such as the apple or plum tree grow in a way that they may need to be thinned out to make room for new growth. The idea is not to prune a plant back into a small area, but instead to prune it back to where you want it to grow. This can be achieved through training with trellises.
3. If you do decide to prune, the best time to do so is between April and July. In the fall and winter, the plants become dormant. When you prune, you may be able to cut some buds that will turn into flowers for the next season. Also, if you want the new growth to be bushy, then you may want to prune back some to encourage this.
We may need to prune the plant back to encourage stronger growth for the plant.
Keep in mind that this is the time for pruning and not all plants will be affected in the same way. Some plants that will be much affected by pruning are those with very fine foliage and other plants that will be more easily seen are usually not affected as much.
Also, if you want to prune, make sure that you look closely at the plant to make sure you are not affecting the plant. Sometimes when you think a branch is going to fall off, the plant will grow back stronger than it was before. This is the way that some plants can be stronger after you have pruned. However, if you did prune the plant at the wrong time, then you will see that the plant becomes weaker. There is also a chance that the plant may start to grow more quickly after you prune because it was not in a dormant state. So make sure you have done your research on pruning before you get started!
4. There are ways to encourage new growth on your plants. Some plants can be thinned out. This is a process that a plant may not like if it is being left too long. When the plant starts to grow thicker, it does so very quickly. If you leave the plant for too long, it could be damaged because it needs time to grow and repair the roots and leaves.
If you do thin out your plants, be careful. Do not over thin a plant. Leave the plant in the middle of the spot to make sure it gets enough room to grow. If you are doing this process to plants that are less attractive, you may want to add some new foliage to cover up the ones that are less pleasing to the eye.
5. Pinch off flowering buds. This is a process that may be necessary for those plants that tend to flower for one time of year. It can also be helpful for plants that may have only two flowers per plant. When you see that the plant is showing signs of flowering and the buds are ready to be grown, you can pinch them off or you can cut the stem at an angle so that the plant can grow a new stem to replace the one you are pinching off.
6. Harvest your crops as soon as you can. If you are growing your own vegetables, you want to pick as soon as they are ready. The sooner you pick your vegetables, the more nutrients you get out of them. When you are growing your own tomatoes, you can pick them when they are just starting to ripen. When the flowers of your squash start to turn from white to yellow, you can pick those. You can also leave the flowers from your plants until they are brown, even when the rest of the plant is still green, because it can still produce seeds.
7. Enjoy your harvest! Try to have fresh and delicious dishes of food in your refrigerator. If you find yourself having a bad day and it shows in your appetite, you could take something delicious from your own garden to perk you up. A quick slice of delicious cucumber will taste so good on top of a burger, or you can slice a few radishes and toss them with some salad dressing.
### Healthy Crops in Your Garden
The following crops are all easy to grow in your own garden. Some are plants that you eat, like tomatoes, and some are just great plants to have in your garden to add beauty and wildlife to your yard. Read more about these plants and their characteristics on the following pages.
Tomatoes are an amazing vegetable that is perfect for a garden. Tomatoes are good for their nutrition and taste. They are low in calories and you can eat many different varieties of them. Tomatoes can even be considered to be fruits. In the North Carolina climate, you could grow many different varieties, including early, plum, cherry, and beefsteak tomatoes. In colder climates, you may have trouble getting your plants to set fruit, but just stick with