Late Winter Gardening Tips
~Begin planning for your summer garden as the seed catalogs arrive.
~Purchase seeds and seed starting supplies now for best selection. Certain varieties sell out fast.
~Start peppers inside as early as February or March to be sure 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!
~Water all trees, shrubs, perennials well that have been planted within the past two years. It’s been dry so this supplemental water is essential and critical for their survival. An easy way to remember is to water each holiday between Halloween and Easter, or approximately once a month.
~Apply a new layer of mulch to help retain the moisture that you’re adding to the soil.
~Turn the compost pile.
~Bring a new houseplant home to brighten a winter weary space. Consider cyclamen, Christmas cactus, african violets or other blooming varieties.
~Check stored bulbs periodically for signs of rot and to make sure they aren’t sprouting.
~Check houseplants periodically for pests and diseases. Repot when the days 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 broken, prune back with a clean cut to avoid further splintering or damage and the possibility of diseases and pest infestation.