Now’s the perfect time to get your garden beds going. Tackling one bed at a time, here’s my routine:

  • Clean out debris and cut back dried stems.
  • Lightly spread compost (our homemade “Black Gold”) and work it into the soil with a hoe.
  • Sprinkle a cup or 2 of Holly Tone around the base of shrubs, working it into the soil with a hoe.
  • For the final dressing, I love using shredded pine bark as mulch for the garden beds. Using my hands, I spread a 2-3 inch thick layer and smooth out evenly.

Happy gardening!

Love, Nora


  1. Victoria on March 31, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Ha!ha! Imagine my surprise to see you were in the garden and not the bedroom. Albeit
    excellent info Nora. I’m just a month head of you here in SC.

  2. Nan, Odessa, DE on March 31, 2016 at 7:23 am

    WHY Holly Tone? I thought Holly Tone was for high ph plants, ie. azalea, holly’s, blue berries.
    Am I incorrect? Please give us a lesson here.

  3. Deanna Rabe on March 31, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    I’ve been at work in my garden beds, too. Pulling a few weeds, raking out masses of leaves. I hope to get mulch soon!

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