The way I manage all the gardens in my yard is to work thirty minutes a day, almost every day from about April through November. I have a big yard with many types of gardens, so I need to tend to them on a regular basis. Right now, in late March, I am still cleaning up winter debris. The beds need to be raked and dead plant material needs to be removed. It is almost a daily chore.
Today I entered the next phase of work, which is to fertilize many plants. I began with mountain laurels, then I also included azaleas. I believe that fertilizing now makes a difference in their growth. All the new buds are visible, so the dormant period is over. The next round of fertilizing will be for the hydrangeas.
Another chore, which must be done soon, is cleaning out my section of the garage for gardening. It is a mess right now after the winter and it needs a good spring cleaning. I have to organize my pots, my fertilizers, my tools, my seed packets, and clean out the general clutter. That will be another thirty minute job one of these days. If I don’t finish in one thirty minute period, I will continue on another day. By being disciplined, and sticking to this schedule, I can stay on top of all the gardening chores.