These days we all are passing through the most perfect spring weather conditions that is ideal for gardening. It is sunny outside and this season really helps growing a lovely spring vegetable garden with some nice healthy growth.

In case you find that the is slowed down considerably and that’s when a thorough liquid root and leaf feeding can really help matters move into high gear.

Nothing beats a good dose of fish emulsion or kelp emulsion. These products can raise a bit of a stink and on yourself as well, but the effects are short-lived and well worth putting up with. This sort of feeding is so readily absorbed this time of year and darkening of leaves and physical growth can be seen overnight, if not within days.

Now the days start to become longer and warmer, this feeding now will help boost these crops into their final days before harvesting begins later in the month and into June.

In the meantime, the perennial garden has leapfrogged into high gear and is in need of some maintenance. Your prime focus should be to get the circular wire plant cage supports up and over the peonies before they get too large. These devices make life a whole lot easier and give much-needed assistance to these weak-stemmed plants that just aren’t strong enough to support themselves.

The circular cages can be used on other perennials, too, as will the single wire loop stakes that do such an impeccable job supporting delphiniums, hollyhocks, foxglove and even lupines. These “little” staking jobs throughout the garden can really consume quite a bit of time, but there’s nothing worse than gorgeous peonies or sky-piercing delphiniums that flop in the wind only to break and fall to the ground.

It is also the best time for the asparagus crop and it’s important to keep up harvesting the stalks almost daily since they grow so fast. There’s an easy trick to picking asparagus that not only insures that you get as much edible asparagus stalk as possible, but it also safeguards the somewhat touchy roots below. All you need to do is to simply grasp the asparagus with one hand and twist it slowly. The stalk will break cleanly away from the stem of the roots below while yielding as large a stalk as possible.

Harvesting the asparagus plants should cease just around the point of time when the bed should be fed with a generous helping of 10-10-10 fertilizer. Allow the asparagus to grow their trademark large green fronds, which enable the roots to build up reserves for next year’s harvest.

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