Your Garden

Things you could or should be doing in your garden ...

January 2015

All Month
  • Be sure to mulch or recycle your Christmas tree
  • Spend cold, rainy days looking over spring gardening catalogs and planning your new spring garden
  • This is a great time to really look at the “bones” of your landscape and assess its structure
Week One
  • Don’t worry if your pansies look a bit peeked after hard freezes; they will perk up with warmer temperatures and sunlight; deadhead mushy flowers so that fungal diseases will not spread
  • Keep an eye on holiday plants for dryness; water when the top two inches of soil is dry
  • Add ashes from your fireplace to your compost pile or spread over your vegetable garden plot
Week Two
  • If a freeze threatens your camellia flowers, cut and bring inside to enjoy
  • If the ground is not to wet, turn your garden plot to expose weed seeds and insects to the cold; do not till if ground is wet
  • Do not be surprised if houseplants begin to drop leaves; it is a natural reaction to lower light levels; do not fertilize, but turn plants regularly to keep stems from growing to the light
Week Three
  • Spray trees and shrubs with dormant oil and then again with lime sulphur to kill over-wintering insects and diseases
  • Make sure outdoor containers are watered before a deep freeze; this will help insulate the roots
  • Now that all leaves are off your trees, look at its structure and determine which limbs need to be removed; tie flagging tape around candidates and then step back and observe again before pruning
Week Four
  • When pruning tree branches, make clean cuts just outside the branch collar (swollen area just past the bark ridge); applying pruning paint is not necessary
  • When covering plants for freeze protection, be wary of clear plastic which heats up quickly once the sun comes out; use opaque coverings  
  • On cold, rainy days enjoy the beautiful pictures in the garden catalogs that arrive in the mail and dream of spring; it is just around the corner