Most of us are more than ready for spring, but it won't officially arrive until Thursday, March 20. Meanwhile, it's time pull on the garden gloves and head outside. It's time to spray trees with dormant oil and time to prune.
And it's almost time to plant cool-weather crops such as lettuces, peas, leeks, onions, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, garlic, potatoes, onions, and carrots. Our rule of thumb is to put seeds in the soil around St. Patrick's Day, assuming it's not snowing too hard to do so.
Mulch, Mulch, Mulch It's pretty obvious that a warm, dry spring is going to follow our (mostly) warm, dry winter. Of course Payne's Organic Soil Conditioner is great for helping soil retain moisture, but maybe a truckload of compost from Payne's Organic Soil Yard would be smarter. Click here for information.
Here are other suggestions for early spring gardening:
* Cut back perennials * If you have a grass yard, mow it now and start regular watering. * Apply a slow-release fertilizer on bulbs. Black Gold All Purpose Fertilizer is a great choice and it's available at both Payne's stores. * Rake up leaves that have been laying on top of plants, shrubs and grass.
Last week, the "Garden Guru" mentioned that Aspen trees are really quite at home in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, they just need to be watered more carefully. Every week you’ll hear about a different topic including gardening tips, fun facts about plants, how to plant and prepare your garden for each season and special announcements.
Tune in every Friday to KHFM Radio (95.5 FM) between 4 and 5 pm and listen to Payne's Nurseries' own "Garden Guru", (Lynn Payne) on the air.
Kalanchoe is a colorful and resilient plant that is perfect for people who want a plant that requires minimum care. It is colorful, easy to care for and can brighten any room of the house . To make it re-bloom, locate your plant in a place that has 2 to 3 hours of direct sunlight and allow it to dry between each watering.
Kalanchoe is a succulent available in red, pink, yellow, or white that loves bright light, is at home either indoors or outdoors in the summer, covers itself with colorful bell-shaped flowers when in bloom, and best of all, this houseplant will survive for up to two weeks without water and still look good!
Place your Kalanchoe in a location where it will receive bright light to show off it’s bright colors. Keep your Kalanchoe warm. Temperatures between 55ºF and 80ºF (12.7 to 29 ºC) are ideal.
Many people discard the Kalanchoe after the bloom is over, but this isn't really necessary. Simply cut off the flowering head, repot into a larger pot, place it outside for the summer in full to partial sun and it should flower naturally in Fall.
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