Gardening Tips

Winter Gardening Tips 

~Water all trees, shrubs, and perennials well that have been planted within the past two years. It’s been a dry winter, so this supplemental water is essential and critical for their survival. 

~Apply a new layer of mulch to help retain the moisture that you’re adding into the soil.

~Begin planning for your summer garden as the seed catalogs arrive.

~Turn the compost pile.

~Move birdbaths, fountains, and statuary inside or cover them well if you plan to leave them outside. If you don’t protect them, water will lay in them and freeze, cracking the concrete.

~Bring a new houseplant home to brighten a winter weary space. Consider cyclamen, Christmas cactus, african violet or other blooming variety.

~Check stored bulbs periodically for signs of rot and to make sure they aren’t sprouting.

~Purchase seeds and seed starting supplies now for best selection. Certain varieties sell out fast.

~Start peppers inside in February or March to be sure that these slow growers will be ready to plant when your garden is!

~Buy fresh herbs and place them in a windowsill to snip off of throughout the winter months. They will not only taste delicious, but they’ll remind you that spring is just around the corner!

~Check houseplants for pests and diseases. Re=pot when the day begin to grow longer and the sun is stronger.

~Gently shake heavy snowfall from tree limbs and shrub branches to avoid breakage. If some of them are damaged, prune back with a clean cut to avoid further splintering and damage or the possibility of diseases and pest infestation.