February 23, 2012

In the Garden with Bob - Late Winter Tips

In the Garden with Bob - Late Winter Tips

Contributed by: Aria Health Gardener, Bob McArdle

Although the calendar says February, it's never too soon to begin working on your garden.  Other than thinking about what plants to grow this spring and summer, there are many things that you can do right now to ensure that you have a productive growing season.

Pull out your lawn mower and check the oil, plugs, filters and blade.  If any of these need to be replaced or improved, now is the time to do it.  There's nothing worse than revving up your engine at the start of the spring and having something break down.  If you are uncomfortable making these changes on your own, contact your local repair shop.

Late winter is also a great time to order seed catalogs.   I have found Burpee (http://www.burpee.com), Johnny's Selected Seeds (http://www.johnnyseeds.com), and Thompson and Morgan (http://www.thompson-morgan.com), among others, to be reputable suppliers.  If used for nothing else, the wide selection of plants they have on display can serve as inspiration as you wait for the calendar to turn.

Next week, we'll review how to properly trim back dead and crowning limbs on small trees.

Good luck in your garden.

Michael Hagarty
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