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February - Spring planting is just around the corner!



We are now heading into February and believe it or not, time to start spring planting is just around the corner. I know the groundhog just said we will have 6 more weeks of winter.  Nevertheless, planting will soon begin if the weather meets us halfway.  In about 3 weeks fruit trees, landscape trees, azaleas and other material will begin to appear in garden centers.  Potato and onion sets if not already in stock will be in shortly.  Cold crop plants such as cabbage and lettuce will also be on display at the local garden stores.

I know some people prefer to grow their own plants and that is ok if you know what you are doing.  Growing your own plants, in my opinion, is one of the more difficult things home gardeners undertake.  Growing plants from seed is not all that easy.  You have to have just the right light, make sure you have air flow, water enough but don’t overwater, set the plants outside to harden off, bring them inside so they don’t get hurt by the cold, don’t over fertilize or they will be leggy and weak and those are just some of the problems I can think of now.  For most home gardeners, especially small space gardeners, buying plants already up and growing at time of planting will be less expensive and a lot less trouble than trying to grow your own.

On the other hand, if you want to grow some of the newer varieties or something unusual you may not be able to find the plants at your local garden center.  Growers like to grow material they can sell in high volumes. Generally, they like to have sale for about 100 or more flats to grow a variety.  That translates to approximately 5000 plants.

I hope most people have taken advantage of the dry winter to clean the leaves out of shrub beds and apply some fresh mulch.  Dead and broken branches should be pruned out of shrubs and trees. While it has been cold, it has also been sunny and dry.

Now is the time to get ready to have a great garden year.

Plant of the Month: Paperwhites

(Narcissus Tazetta)

The "Just Add Water" Plant

Popular indoor plant for winter and the holidays.

Paperwhites do NOT require a chilling period.

Frangrant flowers blom in about 3 weeks.

Can be planted in soil outdoors but are commonly grown in pots or dishes with some stones or marbles to anchor them in place and a little water.




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Plant of the Week - Shamrock Inkberry Holly

Shamrock Inkberry Holly


Shamrock Inkberry Holly

A highly desirable and versatile evergreen landscape shrub, can be used in the garden or for hedging, massing and topiary, takes pruning very well; small glossy leaves and a naturally dense, compact oval form

Shamrock Inkberry Holly has dark green foliage which emerges light green in spring.

Shamrock Inkberry Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely oval form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

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