It’s February, the heart of the winter. Today is going to be nearly sixty degrees in southern Delaware so I would like to take a nice walk in the state park.
But no way! I’ve got roses to prune. Winter is a good time to take care of the roses. Prune off the previous year’s growth. You can go way back to just above the wood of the cane. I also like to take a close look at our clients’ trees and shrubs for storm damage and disease. It’s a great time to prune, prune, prune. Don’t be afraid to spend a couple of bucks and call in an arborist for a consult, especially if you have large trees near your house.
Another item I’m checking off my list is the almighty soil test. You can pick a kit up at the cooperative extension office. Here in Delaware, the university takes care of it for $12. You just bring them the soil and fill out the information card. The soil test results will be your ultimate guide to creating the perfect environment for growing. It will include recommendations based on different crops’ requirements. Do you burn wood? Those ashes are a great source of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium that you can use in your garden. Just remember to check your soil test first.
So after you’ve got your pruning done, maybe you head indoors and warm up. Check out all your houseplants. I hope you have some houseplants; they help to detoxify indoor air and add brightness and life to dull winter days. The dry of winter can be tough on them. Keep the leaves clean and disease free. Don’t overwater them and fertilize lightly. If you need to, move them around so they can get more light this time of year.
If you haven’t already, order your seeds, because it will be time to sow them very soon. We already have babies growing in the greenhouse. Sketch out your garden and plan what will go where. If things didn’t grow perfectly last year, change things up. Add something new to your garden. Variety is the spice of life! Make improvements to make garden upkeep easier; remember that your garden should be your place of relaxation and it should be enjoyable! Let us know if you have any specific questions so we can help you get the most out of your garden!
If those don’t keep you busy enough, check out the master gardeners and see if they have any classes coming up. Winter is a good time to brush up on knowledge. Stay sharp, like your pruners!
And remember to get outside as much as possible! We get random lucky beautiful days in February so take advantage of them by going outside and breathing in the fresh air. It will make the days of cabin fever more tolerable and the days until spring go much faster!