Why, yes, we can garden in February; – Union Democrat

February 12, 2017 - garden totes

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Are we watchful for a warm, balmy days of May or Jun to get critical about gardening again? Well, theres no need to wait, and no need to repudiate yourself a singular pleasures of gardening when a continue outward is frightful. Here are some winter tasks to assistance we and your garden ready for spring.

Keep a bugs during bay

Rather than watchful until mid-spring, when hordes of aphids and other pests cover your dear plants, one of a elementary actions we can take now to forestall or minimize their participation in your garden this year is to use asleep oil (also called horticultural oil) sprays. Many common pests overwinter on plants and/or in surrounding soil, so these sprays work by smothering a pests that are indeed on a plant and a dirt aspect during a time we spray. They can even kill eggs and larvae. Horticultural oil sprays are comparatively nontoxic and come in heavier, asleep versions for use in winter, and lighter, summer sprays. Always review a labels to safeguard we use them wisely.

Another thing we can do now to forestall harassment repairs is to batch adult early on some store- bought and homemade insect deterrents, such as copper foil rings and/or diatomaceous earth around plants to repel snails; glass blockade and/or caging to foil a deer; and used tuna cans that we can fill with cooking oil and position by plants that have been pounded in a past by earwigs. Both earwigs and slugs are drawn to, and drown in, a oil.

Prune wisely

The best time to shear many trees, shrubs and audacious perennials is in a passed of winter, when they are dormant. That said, dont assume we can use your loppers and pruning shears with abandon. Its always correct to demeanour adult any plant we wish to prune, to establish a best time of year to do so. For example, some underbrush flower on new timber shaped this year (typically, in spring), so this competence be a final month to do any tough pruning, lest we mislay a really twigs or vines that would furnish blooms. Another example: some perennials, such as some varieties of virtuoso (salvia), resent being pruned tough during any time of year. The final instance is fruit trees, that are a whole pruning scholarship unto themselves. So, use a cold, stormy days of Feb to review adult on particular plants before slicing them back.

Make a aware selling list

Next month, nurseries (especially a big-box stores) will no doubt raze with colorful annuals, shrubs, trees and all in between. Resist a enticement to ramble those dizzying aisles but a courteous plan. Things to cruise in creation your selling list:

Even nonetheless a hothouse shelves are superfluous with petunias, lobelia and begonias, we all know that in a foothills, sleet and tough frosts can start good into May. Just contend no until Memorial Day.

Instead, emporium now for useful garden collection and/or apparatus that will make gardening easier, and hence, inspire we to spend some-more time there. Think ergonomics: stools, kneepads, apparatus totes, or prolongation rods to assistance we strech what we couldnt before. Or maybe we need efficiency: improved irrigation systems or books/websites for water-wise landscape planning. Or how about elementary products like gardeners palm cream, solar trail lights, or some-more sturdy, nonetheless gentle garden shoes?

Cuddle adult with stormy day garden chores. Some cold, gray Saturday or Sunday in February, twist adult on a cot with a prohibited cocoa and peruse a good seed catalog, put some gardening-related events on your calendar (the UCCE Master Gardener Demonstration Garden lectures started in February, and a subsequent one is Mar 4), or start a new cover to lane your plant purchases and opening by a season.

And we suspicion chilly, soppy Feb had zero to do with gardening!

Rachel Oppedahl is a University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener of Tuolumne County.

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Are we watchful for a warm, balmy days of May or Jun to get critical about gardening again? Well, there’s no need to wait, and no need to repudiate yourself a singular pleasures of gardening when a continue outward is frightful. Here are some winter tasks to assistance we and your garden ready for spring.

Keep a bugs during bay

Rather than watchful until mid-spring, when hordes of aphids and other pests cover your dear plants, one of a elementary actions we can take now to forestall or minimize their participation in your garden this year is to use asleep oil (also called horticultural oil) sprays. Many common pests overwinter on plants and/or in surrounding soil, so these sprays work by smothering a pests that are indeed on a plant and a dirt aspect during a time we spray. They can even kill eggs and larvae. Horticultural oil sprays are comparatively nontoxic and come in heavier, asleep versions for use in winter, and lighter, summer sprays. Always review a labels to safeguard we use them wisely.

Another thing we can do now to forestall harassment repairs is to batch adult early on some store- bought and homemade insect deterrents, such as copper foil rings and/or diatomaceous earth around plants to repel snails; glass blockade and/or caging to foil a deer; and used tuna cans that we can fill with cooking oil and position by plants that have been pounded in a past by earwigs. Both earwigs and slugs are drawn to, and drown in, a oil.

Prune wisely

The best time to shear many trees, shrubs and audacious perennials is in a passed of winter, when they are dormant. That said, don’t assume we can use your loppers and pruning shears with abandon. It’s always correct to demeanour adult any plant we wish to prune, to establish a best time of year to do so. For example, some underbrush flower on new timber shaped this year (typically, in spring), so this competence be a final month to do any tough pruning, lest we mislay a really twigs or vines that would furnish blooms. Another example: some perennials, such as some varieties of virtuoso (salvia), resent being pruned tough during any time of year. The final instance is fruit trees, that are a whole pruning scholarship unto themselves. So, use a cold, stormy days of Feb to review adult on particular plants before slicing them back.

Make a aware selling list

Next month, nurseries (especially a big-box stores) will no doubt raze with colorful annuals, shrubs, trees and all in between. Resist a enticement to ramble those dizzying aisles but a courteous plan. Things to cruise in creation your selling list:

Even nonetheless a hothouse shelves are superfluous with petunias, lobelia and begonias, we all know that in a foothills, sleet and tough frosts can start good into May. Just contend no until Memorial Day.

Instead, emporium now for useful garden collection and/or apparatus that will make gardening easier, and hence, inspire we to spend some-more time there. Think ergonomics: stools, kneepads, apparatus totes, or prolongation rods to assistance we strech what we couldn’t before. Or maybe we need efficiency: improved irrigation systems or books/websites for water-wise landscape planning. Or how about elementary products like gardener’s palm cream, solar trail lights, or some-more sturdy, nonetheless gentle garden shoes?

Cuddle adult with stormy day garden chores. Some cold, gray Saturday or Sunday in February, twist adult on a cot with a prohibited cocoa and peruse a good seed catalog, put some gardening-related events on your calendar (the UCCE Master Gardener Demonstration Garden lectures started in February, and a subsequent one is Mar 4), or start a new cover to lane your plant purchases and opening by a season.

And we suspicion chilly, soppy Feb had zero to do with gardening!

Rachel Oppedahl is a University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener of Tuolumne County.


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