Gardening by the month

Plants in Flower Hardwood cuttings of many landscape plants such as forsythia, flowering quince, weigela, crape myrtle, juniper, spirea and hydrangea can be taken this month.

winter Daphne
winter Daphne

What you can Plant this month.

  • Plant asparagus crowns this month when soil is dry enough to work
  • Mulch Strawberry Beds for winter protection using wheat straw or pine needles. Pull the mulch back when blooms appear.

    WINTER WATERING

    Keep in mind that plants, especially newly set plants, need water during winter months. A cold dry wind is damaging to plants removing moisture from the soil and plant tissue. If you are in doubt about your plants need for water, scrape off a few inches of the topsoil. If it is dry you will need supplemental water. Mulches,drip irrigation and soaker hoses help in the task of watering.

    Specific Chores

    • Care for holiday house plants poinsettia, amaryllis, Christmas cactus, gloxinia and cyclamen
    • Order small fruit plants like strawberry, blueberry and blackberry for a mid-March planting
    • Study the home landscape to see what additions or improvements can be made to your yard
    • Visit the local public library for landscape and garden information
    • Prepare a spot in the vegetable garden for February vegetables like English peas, cabbage, carrots, onions, Irish potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, spinach and turnips
    • Study seed catalogs and check for the All-American Selections of flowers and vegetables
    • Order fruit trees, if not done last fall
    • Spray Roses with lime-sulfur this month to control insects and diseases.
    • Fertilize Spring Bulbs when 1" of growth is seen above ground. Use one rounded teaspoon of 10-10-10 per sq.ft.
    • Contact the Extension Center to find out the recommended small fruit varieties
    • Care of Houseplants - The four major causes of houseplant deaths during the winter months are: over-fertilizing, over-watering, under-watering, and improper light. Do not fertilize houseplants in the wintertime; let your plants go into a dormant (rest) period, a period of reduced growth, so that they will be ready for vigorous growth in the spring months.