Garden “To-Do List” Calendar

January
Begin your summer planting plans
Add an extra layer of compost around the garden
Water your evergreens regularly as long as temps are above freezing

February
Begin regular weeding
Add a bit of fertilizer to your borders, shrubs and rose bushes
Remove dead growth

March
Aerate the lawn and sow grass seed
Repot any of your potted plants to give them some fresh soil
Plant your summer bulbs

backyard-garden

April
Give young trees, shrubs and rose bushes any extra support with stakes
Keep up that weeding and cleaning up the garden beds

May
Do regular checks for slugs and snails
Place supports for any of your tall perennials
Tidy up any of your early flowering plants

June
Check for plant lice, pests, rust and other diseases
Fertilize your borders

water your garden regularly

July
Make sure to start a regular watering schedule to soak plants twice a week
Add a layer of mulch around the bases of your plants
Support and tie up tall plants

August
Keep ponds and water features cleaned up
Harvest vegetables as they become ripe
Deadhead flowering plants regularly

September
Feed your lawn with a fall treatment
Take down your hanging baskets and replace with winter friendly plants
Plant evergreens

prep your lawn for fall

October
Prep your ponds for fall
Clean up greenhouses and garden shed for winter
Divide your perennials
Rake up those leaves and use them as a mulch for perennials

November
Clean out pots / containers and place them upside down
Keep soil moist around your evergreens
Cover all perennials with a layer of leaves and compost

December
Disconnect your outside tap and insulate
Pick Christmas greenery from your garden
If frost free…all trees can be pruned and bulbs planted

Strawberry and Honey Sorbet

Serves 2 to 4

1 pint (16 ounces) strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon vodka (or flavored liqueur of choice), optional
Juice from one lemon

Place the strawberries in a blender and puree until very smooth. Push the puree through a fine mesh sieve to remove some of the seeds. Whisk in the honey, vodka, and lemon juice. (You want this to be on the sweet side since freezing will dull the flavor.) Cover and chill the mixture.

Once the strawberry mixture is completely chilled, pour into the ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Return the sorbet to the freezer for a couple more hours to continue firming up.

Note: the vodka helps lower the freezing point of the sorbet, giving it a softer texture and preventing it from getting too hard.

Recipe Originally Posted on Kitchn.com