- You have stored enough garden hoses in your garage that they could wrap ten times around the Earth’s equator (and they don’t all connect, or they all leak).
- You leave so many plants in your yard unplanted that people knock on your door, asking if the plants are for sale.
- Your children claim abandonment issues because you’ve spent more time in the garden than with them.
- You have every tool and gardening gizmo known to mankind, and some are still in their packaging.
- To you, there is no “Rain Day” or “Day Off” from gardening.
- Your car has sheets of plastic, or cardboard, all over the seats to place recently purchased plants upon.
- Your kids can’t ride with you to the nursery because there will be no room in the car for them—and the plants.
- You’re always the first one on your street to mow the lawn each spring.
- Your neighbors always knock on your door to borrow gardening tools.
- You have lights on your lawn tractor so you can mow your lawn at night (because you were too busy planting and pulling weeds when the sun was out).
- You are still mowing your lawn when there is a tornado warning, and you’ve been told to take cover.
- You’ve given your lawn tractor a name like “Old Sal” or “Betsy”.
- You don’t step on worms; you throw them into the compost pile.
- Strangers show up on your beautiful front lawn with golf clubs
If any of the above applies to you, don’t worry: you are not alone. Americans spend $40 billion each year on gardening, and the average home owner spends 150 hours in their garden each year.
- Plant the warmer weather vegetables such as watermelons, cantaloupe, peppers, and eggplant.
- Side dress your vegetable rows with the soil from your compost pile. Apply like a mulch to keep the weeds down, and moisture in.
- Lawns and vegetables should be getting one inch of water per week.
- May is the last month to plant large balled, and burlapped trees, and shrubs. High air temperatures put a lot of stress on large plants, so if you can’t get to them in May, it’s better to wait until fall’s first freeze to plant.