Since my garlic order arrived on Friday, I got my son out on our humble patio for some garlic planting and clean-ups. You can read about my first-ever garlic planting adventure on my landscape blog; West Coast Landscape Professional.
We had other work to do. Hostas and Rudbeckias required cut-back. We also had winter annuals to plant: pansies and ornamental kale. Sadly, this will probably be the only colour on our patio. That and one Primula that somehow survived the lack of water and acted like a resurrection plant.
This was a great opportunity to get my son trained on snipping with Felco 2s. He did well cleaning up ugly leaves off the kale we were about to plant in our pots. He would later donate a few kale plants to his soccer coach.
One last task was adding left-over soil to the rest of our pots. I can now confidently report that our patio is ready for winter. We'll see what happens to our garlic harvest next summer.
Vas Sladek, B.Sc., CLT
Red Seal Journeyman Landscape Horticulturist and ISA certified arborist